Sunday, September 16, 2012

National Symphony Orchestra Plans Washington Premiere of George Walker’s 'Sinfonia No. 4' at Howard University, 7 PM January 14, 2013

George Walker was born 90 years ago, June 27, 1922. He is a prolific composer and pianist whose website is; he is featured at

The National Symphony Orchestra will make U Street, Howard University, Shaw, and Logan Circle the focus of its free community engagement activities in January 2013. Between January 8 and 14, members of the NSO will break into small ensembles to perform chamber music and educational activities as requested by approximately 20 community organizations. The NSO’s performances during this period will be free of charge, thanks to a gift from Irene Pollin. The announcement took place at Ben's Chili Bowl, a U Street icon, Tuesday, September 11.

More information is provided by a D.C. Neighborhood Blog:

The culminating event will be a concert by the full NSO at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium, January 14, at 7 p.m. which will be led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. The celebrated soprano Jessye Norman, a graduate of Howard University, will perform, and the program will include the Washington premiere of George Walker’s Sinfonia No. 4, co-commissioned by the NSO. Walker, who was born in D.C., gave his first public recital at the age of 14 in Howard University’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, and attended the Junior Division of Howard University’s Music Department.

The 2013 community engagement activities are made possible in part by a generous gift from Irene Pollin.

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