Longwood Symphony Presents Sibelius & Carlos Simon
Longwood Symphony Orchestra
BOULANGER D’un matin de printemps (Of a Spring Morning)
SIMON The Block
HAYDN Trumpet Concerto in Eb
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2
Jotaro Nakano, conductor
Benjamin Wright, trumpet
Concert includes THE BLOCK, written by Grammy Award-winning Black composer Carlos Simon.
“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south. Although Bearden was born in Charlotte, NC, he spent his most of his life in Harlem, New York. With its vibrant artistic community, this piece aims to highlight the rich energy and joyous sceneries that Harlem expressed as it was the hotbed for African American culture.