Universal Longings | Anhelos Universales

Eugene Rogers, conductor
in partnership with The Washington Chorus

Sunday, November 5, 2023 · 3:00 pm

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National Philharmonic and The Washington Chorus join forces for a concert of universal proportions conducted by TWC Artistic Director Eugene Rogers, including the Washington-area premiere of composer James Lee III’s Breaths of Universal Longings. “He's a composer who has what it takes,” says the Baltimore Sun, and his works have been commissioned, premiered, and performed by prominent symphonies throughout the country. 

Venezuelan composer Antonio Estévez’s Cantata Criolla retells the legend of Faust’s deal with the Devil, set to text from the mythic poem Florentino y El Diablo by Alberto Avelo Torrealbas. As Florentino battles for his soul in a singing contest against El Diablo, his story evolves through the rich textures of Estévez’s music. Spoiler alert: our hero prevails. 


James Lee III, Breaths of Universal Longings

  1. From Dust We Were Made [Genesis 2:7, Job 38:7 (paraphrased by James Lee III)]
  2. Now and Then [Charles Bertram Johnson]
  3. Reflection [Texts by members of the May Festival Youth Chorus]
  4. Seeking Joy [William Henry Davies]


Antonio Estévez, Cantata Criolla

  1. Lento e cadencioso
  2. Lento, tenebroso
  3. Allegro vivo

Guest Artists

Juantomás Martínez Yépez
The Washington Chorus
Artistic Director Eugene Rogers


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