America’s Requiem – A Knee on The Neck

Piotr Gajewski, conductor
Eugene Rogers, chorus master
with National Philharmonic Chorale and members of The Washington Chorus

Monday, March 28, 2022 · 7:30 pm
Capital One Hall


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*This program will also be performed on Saturday, March 26 at 8 pm at The Music Center at Strathmore. For more information and tickets to the performance at Strathmore, click here. 

America’s Requiem commemorates the life and tragic loss of George Floyd with the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s A Knee on The Neck, composed around the backbone of the poetry of Dr. Herbert Martin and performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale under the direction of Maestro Piotr Gajewski, along with featured vocalists J’Nai Bridges, Normal Shankle, and Kenneth Overton. The program concludes with Mozart’s seminal Requiem in D Minor, also featuring Soprano Aundi Marie Moore.


Adolphus Hailstork, A Knee on The Neck (World Premiere)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Süssmayr), Requiem in D Minor, K. 626

Guest Artists

Aundi Marie Moore Soprano
J'Nai Bridges Mezzo Soprano
Norman Shankle Tenor
Kenneth Overton Baritone
The Washington Chorus with Chorusmaster Eugene Rogers
The Howard University Chorale


Programs, artists, dates, prices, and availability subject to change.

NatPhil is extremely grateful for the very generous support of Anne Claysmith in supporting the world premiere of “A Knee on the Neck.”

Additional support for the guest artists is provided by Kathleen Knepper.


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