"Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice."
Carlos Simon is a composer, curator and activist. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, his compositions range from concert music for large and small ensembles to film scores with influences of jazz, gospel, and neo-romanticism. Simon is the Composer-in-Residence for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Requiem for the Enslaved explores the sacred and historical, and honors the lives of those bought and sold. Original text by Marco Pavé.
The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.
Vallia-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras No. 9
Valerie Coleman: Tracing Visions (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Carlos Simon: Between Worlds
Jessie Montgomery: Divided (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Xavier Foley: An Ode to Our Times (World Premiere)
Beethoven: Finale from Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Bridgetower" (arr. for string orchestra by Rubén Rengel)