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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
CARLOS CORDERO - Holding Our Breath
JOEL THOMPSON - Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

Co-presented with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in cooperation with The Washington Chorus

Encompass Supply

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Encompass Supply/Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib; and the Dan Cameron Family Foundation.

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2021/22: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Additional sponsorships are available for this performance and others in the 2021/22 season. Contact Elizabeth Racheva, Chief Advancement Officer, at Sponsorship@WashingtonPerformingArts.org or (202) 533-1862 to learn more.


DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

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