National Philharmonic: Portrait of a Queen

Sunday, June 6, 2021, 2pm


National Philharmonic Presents:
Portrait of a Queen
Streamed Concert

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Julius Wirth, viola
Rehanna Thelwell, narrator

Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Flos Campi
Carlos Simon, Portrait of a Queen

Principal violist Julius Wirthis the featured soloist in Flos Campi, which also includes a wordless accompaniment from the National Philharmonic Chorale. 

Carlos Simon’s moving Portrait of the Queen traces the evolution of Black people in America through the lens of one figurative Black woman who represents strength, courage, and selflessness. Dramatic spoken word, written by Courtney D. Ware, poetically expresses the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist, enhancing her musical portrait.

This concert is not presented by Strathmore

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