The Nationwide Philharmonic lately introduced a program at Strathmore Music Heart in North Bethesda, exposing classical music lovers to composers Valerie Coleman and Florence Worth.
Carried out have been Coleman’s “Umoja, Anthem of Unity” and Worth’s “Violin Concerto No. 2.” Below the path of Maestro Piotr Gajewski, these picks by two African American feminine composers proceed NatPhil’s dedication to performing works from various composers and musicians.
Final 12 months, NatPhil premiered “America’s Requiem: A Knee on The Neck,” an opera commemorating the life and tragic lack of George Floyd.
Featured performer on “Violin Concerto No. 2” was violinist Melissa White, a NatPhil favourite. The petite, barefoot lady moved effortlessly, transitioning from a straightforward circulation to digging in with intent on her violin. Contained in the final third of the Worth composition, it seemed like White was “riffing” whereas the orchestra laid again.
“It’s referred to as a ‘cadenza,’ a second the place everybody else drops out, and the soloist will get to be alone,” mentioned White, who confirmed it’s like jazz improvisation.
The viewers’s appreciation for White’s efficiency resulted in an prolonged standing ovation. Her third time coming again to acknowledge the applause, she carried out a solo by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Study extra in regards to the Nationwide Philharmonic at www.nationalphilharmonic.org, together with the “Once I Fall in Love: The Music of Nat King Cole” live performance on April 27.