Learning & Engagement

Harmonic Justice

National Philharmonic is creating dialogue around the importance of racial equity in classical music through a Harmonic Justice series. This virtual showcase intersperses inspiring performances with a panel discussion about racial equity in classical music and how we can all be part of reimagining the orchestral experience (and our own communities) to build a truly inclusive future for America.

Event Information

Harmonic Justice is a series hosted by the National Philharmonic with generous support from the Art for Justice Fund.

A Knee on the Neck

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 and Chorus Master Eugene Rogers, along with members of The Washington Chorus and the Howard University Chorale, plus featured vocalists J’Nai Bridges, Norman Shankle, and Kenneth Overton. The program concludes with Mozart’s seminal Requiem in D Minor, also featuring Soprano Janai Brugger.

Watch A Knee on the Neck

A Knee on the Neck premiered on MARCH 26, 2022 and is now available on the NatPhil Digital Stage to rent or purchase.

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