Brian Dunbar, Flute
The NMSO welcomes flutist Brian Dunbar as he performs the new work Movements for Flute and Orchestra written for him by composer Carlos Simon, the Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient in 2021, and the current Composer-in-Residence for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This concerto is significant in expanding the repertoire for solo flute and orchestra, and also because it is a work commissioned by a Black flutist and written by a Black composer. The concerto explores the movements of life through four separate sections. The orchestra performs Joseph Schwantner’s emotional and moving New Morning for the World: “Daybreak of Freedom” featuring excerpts from the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.