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SCHEDULE CHANGE (January 13, 2 PM EST): Out of an abundance of caution amid the current conditions of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Washington Performing Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts have rescheduled the February 1 presentation of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. The new date at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall—in next year’s 2022/23 Season—is January 31, 2023. Current ticket holders to the original February 1 event are being contacted directly concerning their options at this time. Tickets for the 2023 performance will go on sale at a later date, to be announced. A total of three 2021/22 events have been rescheduled at this time; for more information on our rescheduling of select events, please see the open letter from President & CEO Jenny Bilfield. We apologize for any inconvenience but thank you for your ongoing support!

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

COVID Safety Notice: As Washington Performing Arts does not own or operate its own venue, Washington Performing Arts audiences will be subject to the current vaccination policy of each event’s venue on the date of the event. The great majority of our venues require proof of vaccination, along with the wearing of masks at all times within indoor facilities. View the Kennedy Center COVID Safety Policy. Please visit our own COVID Safety Policy page for more information and links to all of our partner venues' own COVID Safety policies.

Encompass Supply

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:  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; Barbara Myers and 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.


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