Concert review: Philadelphia Inquirer (US)
“Grimaud was the soloist. The pianist dazzled, as she does so well, in the outer two movements. But it was her tender work and the matched sound of the ensemble that made me want to hear the second movement again.”
Valerie Coleman’s stirring ‘Umoja’ is a Philadelphia Orchestra milestone: The first classical work by a living African American woman that they have performed.
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s program note Thursday night said the concert marked the first time the orchestra had played a work by Valerie Coleman, and that her piece was an orchestra commission and world premiere.