NatPhil: Portrait of a Queen

National Philharmonic Presents

Portrait of a Queen

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Streamed Concert


Sun. June 6, 2021 | 2pm


National Philharmonic Portrait Of A Queen Min


Piotr Gajewski, conductor
Julius Wirth, viola
Rehanna Thelwell, narrator

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

Principal violist Julius Wirth is 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.

The National Philharmonic presents a FULL concert season of streaming concerts that can be accessed on the device of your choice at no charge at Concerts will originate from the Strathmore Music Center and AMP by Strathmore stages. 

This concert is not presented by Strathmore.