NatPhil: Universal Longings | Anhelos Universales

National Philharmonic Presents

Universal Longings | Anhelos Universales 

with The Washington Chorus 


Sun, November 5, 2023 | 3pm

$19 - $99

Chorale 1 Breaths Of Universal Longing

The Music Center at Strathmore

Please note this event is not presented by Strathmore and tickets are exempt from Strathmore’s refund/exchange policy.

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.