March 16, 2023
(NORTH BETHESDA, MD)— The National Philharmonic’s (NatPhil) 2022-2023 Season concludes in grand fashion this May and June with two world premieres and a major work for chorus and orchestra. Music Director Piotr Gajewski leads two orchestral programs: the first features the world premiere of Henry Dehlinger’s Cosmic Cycles—presented in partnership with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center—and the second features the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s Symphony No. 5, alongside Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. This will be the second world premiere by Hailstork presented by NatPhil, following the success of last season’s A Knee on The Neck oratorio. Soprano Danielle Talamantes, tenor Robert Baker, and baritone Brandon Hendrickson join the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale as soloists for Carmina Burana.
In addition to these orchestral programs, NatPhil Chamber Series presents its final concert of the season, spotlighting the cello section with a program of all-cello repertoire. Curated by NatPhil Concertmaster Laura Colgate, all Chamber Series programs are presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute and are pay-what-you-can.
May and June 2023 Full Concert Schedule:
Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Hall
Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore
Piotr Gajewski, conductor
In partnership with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, National Philharmonic presents the world premiere of the Henry Dehlinger’s Cosmic Cycles. Dehlinger’s new work integrates a symphonic suite played live against the backdrop of out-of-this-world images, animations, and groundbreaking visualizations from NASA Goddard.
Henry Dehlinger, Cosmic Cycles (world premiere)
The world premiere of Cosmic Cycles is generously sponsored by Northrop Grumman, with additional support from The Mather.
Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mexican Cultural Institute
NatPhil Chamber Series: Cello Choir
Presented in Partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute
Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1
Isaac Albéniz, Rapsodia Cubana for 4 Celli
Astor Piazzolla (arr. Blaise Déjardin), La Muerte del Angel
Enrique Granados (arr. Blaise Déjardin), Andaluza
José Elizondo, Latin American Dances
Andrea Casarrubios, Overture and Chorale
Andrea Casarrubios, Anthem
Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore
Carmina Burana & Hailstork’s Fifth Symphony
Piotr Gajewski, conductor
with the National Philharmonic Chorale
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Robert Baker, tenor
Brandon Hendrickson, baritone
The 2022-2023 season concludes as National Philharmonic presents the world premiere of Symphony No. 5 by Adolphus Hailstork, performed in its entirety for the first time. Hailstork, known for creating compositions influenced by musical ideas from both the African American and European traditions, returns to NatPhil after the success of the world-premiere of A Knee on The Neck in 2022.
NatPhil sends off the season with the grandeur and drama of Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff. Featuring the National Philharmonic Chorale and guest soloists soprano Danielle Talamantes, tenor Robert Baker, and baritone Brandon Hendrickson, the performance includes cantata’s most famous movements, O Fortuna and Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi.
Adolphus Hailstork, Symphony No. 5 (world premiere)
Carl Orff, Carmina Burana
Tickets ($19–$99) are available online at nationalphilharmonic.org. Kids 17 and under can attend National Philharmonic performances for free through the All Kids. All Free. All the Time. initiative.
NatPhil Chamber Series is pay-what-you-can. Reserve your spot and contribute whatever amount makes you comfortable through the Eventbrite link.
Health and Safety Protocols
Patrons are no longer asked to show proof of vaccination to enter our venues, but we encourage everyone to stay up to date on their COVID vaccinations and boosters.
At this time, patrons are encouraged to wear masks in the venue and through the duration of NatPhil performances. The mask policy may vary by performance. For the safety of our NatPhil family, please stay home if you feel sick or present any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
For the latest safety protocols, please visit nationalphilharmonic.org/safety.
About the National Philharmonic
Celebrated for showcasing world-renowned guest artists in time-honored symphonic masterpieces, National Philharmonic continuously strives to create remarkable educational opportunities in the community while promoting diversity and representation in classical music.
National Philharmonic is an accessible, enriching component in the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, believing that music has the power to spark imagination and shape the world around us. As the only organization with a united orchestra and chorus in the region, over the years National Philharmonic has expanded its footprint beyond its home at Strathmore, with year-round masterclasses along with Summer String and Summer Chorale Institutes for youth, armed services programs, and partnerships with community organizations. In addition to these programs, National Philharmonic fosters a love of music in young people across the region by offering free admission to all children between the ages 7 to 17 years old.
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