Simone Porter Plays Philip Glass

Feb 22, 2025 - Feb 23, 2025

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Simone Porter, violin
Geoffrey Robson, conductor


Valerie Coleman - Umoja: Anthem of Unity

The Experience: delightful, empowering, vibrant 

"Umoja," meaning unity in Swahili and the first principle of Kwanzaa, was originally composed as a simple song for a women's choir. It conveys a sense of tribal unity through a drum circle feel, traditional call-and-response, and a memorable, repetitive melody. It was rearranged into a woodwind quintet (then for orchestra in 2020) for Coleman's GRAMMY-award-winning group, Imani Winds, to serve as an anthem celebrating the ensemble's diverse heritages. 

Philip Glass - Violin Concerto No. 1

The Experience: transcendent, ethereal, powerful 

Philip Glass's Violin Concerto No. 1, composed in 1987, is a key work of minimalist music. It uses repeating patterns to create a hypnotic and meditative feel. The solo violin is challenging and beautiful, blending smoothly with the orchestra. This three-movement piece showcases Glass's skill in combining rhythm and emotion for a captivating experience.

Jean Sibelius - Symphony No. 1 in E Minor

The Experience: captivating, timeless, elegant 

Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, written in 1899, is a powerful expression of Finnish national identity. It begins with a dramatic and somber introduction, followed by lively and spirited themes that evoke the beauty of the Finnish landscape.


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