About this event
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its parent Sphinx Organization, the 55-member Sphinx Orchestra, an all-Black-and-Latinx ensemble of top professionals from around the country, is joined by Sphinx’s own EXIGENCE Vocal Ensemble and by D.C.-based guests The Washington Chorus, along with a special guest appearance by Met Opera star J’Nai Bridges. The program includes Joel Thompson’s powerful Seven Last Words of the Unarmed (which a Washington Performing Arts audience last heard in the March 2020 I Am a Man concert) plus additional works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Carlos Simon, and others.
CARLOS SIMON – Sphinx Symphony Orchestra Commission TBA
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR – Ballade for Orchestra
VALERIE COLEMAN – Seven O’Clock Shout
MICHAEL ABELS – Delights and Dances
TRADITIONAL/arr. AUGUSTUS HILL – Fix Me, Jesus
CARLOS CORDERO – Holding Our Breath
JOEL THOMPSON – Seven Last Words of the Unarmed
JOHN LEGEND/COMMON/arr. EUGENE ROGERS – “Glory” from Selma
Co-presented with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in cooperation with The Washington Chorus
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