After many months of waiting, the National Symphony Orchestra makes an epic return to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for its annual Labor Day Concert, conducted by Michelle Merrill.
Acclaimed composer Jessie Montgomery’s “Strum” draws on American folk idioms for a nostalgic and ecstatic narrative. D.C. native George Walker—the first African American recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music—offers his enduring remembrance of lost loved ones in “Lyric for Strings.” Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Coqueteos" from "Leyendas, An Andean Walkabout” mixes western classical and Andean folk music traditions for a flirtatious love song. Plus, works from “Dean of African American Composers” William Grant Still, Aaron Copland, and more!
Michelle Merrill, conductor
National Symphony Orchestra
September 6, 2020
Jessie Montgomery: Strum
George Walker: Lyric for Strings
William Grant Still: Danzas de Panama, “Tamborito”
William Grant Still: Mother and Child
William Grant Still: Danzas de Panama, “Cumbia y Congo”
Gabriela Lena Frank: “Coqueteos” from Leyendas, An Andean Walkabout
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring, Suite for 13 Instruments
Samuel A. Ward, arr. Kessler: America the Beautiful
The NSO's annual series of Capital Concerts is made possible by the U.S. Department of the Army and the U.S. Department of the Interior; National Park Service, National Capital Region, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
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