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Triumph Over Adversity

Saturday, December 12, 2020 7:00PM

Triumph Over Adversity


Anthony McGill, clarinetist
Demarre McGill, flute
Additional artist TBA

Program to be announced

The final night of our Triumph Over Adversity Festival ends with thoughts and performances by Anthony and Demarre McGill, two of the few African-American musicians in professional orchestras. Anthony McGill and Demarre McGill join together as Artistic Directors for the Triumph Over Adversity Festival, a free, multi-day virtual series of concerts and educational and community outreach offerings advocating for social change on and beyond classical music’s stages. Spotlighting musicians as well as composers from marginalized communities, concerts will feature works by composers such as Gabriela Lena Frank, Tania León, Valerie Coleman, and David Baker, including works specifically commissioned for the McGill brothers.

Winner of the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize, clarinetist Anthony McGill is one of classical music’s most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures. He serves as the principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic — that orchestra’s first African-American principal player — and maintains a dynamic international solo and chamber music career. Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (The New York Times), as well as for his “exquisite combination of technical refinement and expressive radiance” (The Baltimore Sun), McGill also serves as an ardent advocate for helping music education reach underserved communities and for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music.

The elder of the two brothers, flutist Demarre McGill, has gained international recognition as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, he currently serves as the principal flute of the Seattle Symphony. At age 15, he appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony and has since appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Grant Park, San Diego and Baltimore symphony orchestras. As an educator, Demarre has performed, coached and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea, Japan, Quebec and throughout the United States.