The Kennedy Center Arts Across America

Amanda Gookin presented Leila’s solo cello piece, “For Edna,” along with a handful of other composers during a concert at the Kennedy Center last week.

Jannina Norpoth performed works for solo violin by Contemporary Black Composers and Amanda Gookin presented selections for solo cello that elevate stories of feminine empowerment through her initiative Forward Music Project. The two joined composer Dameun Strange from American Composers Forum to talk about the practice that has led them to prioritize representation and social consciousness in their programming, commissioning, and performing.

View the full promotional page here and listen to the concert below: