Portrait of a Queen

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Sunday, June 6, 2021 · 2:00 pm
Strathmore
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Co-sponsored by Julie and Ray Pangelinan

Julius Wirth, viola
Aundi Marie Moore, narrator

Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, Concerto for Viola op. 17
Carlos Simon, Portrait of a Queen

First on this program is Eduardo Alonso-Crespo's Concerto for Viola featuring National Philharmonic's Principal Violist, Julius Wirth. Afterwards, we'll be performing Carlos Simon’s moving work, Portrait of a Queen, which traces the evolution of Black people in America through the lens of one figurative Black woman who represents strength, courage, and selflessness. Dramatic spoken word, written by Courtney D. Ware, poetically expresses the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist, enhancing her musical portrait.

A special thanks to our 2020-21 Season Sponsors – Jean and Paul Dudek; Ed Grossman and Rochelle Stanfield; Ted Mirecki, NatPhil Board Member; Martha Newman; Doug and Emily Jacobson; and Potter Violins.

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