Cincinnati — A string quartet made up of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians will have the privilege and honor to perform during the memorial service for acclaimed author, poet, activist and humanitarian at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7. It will be a private service on the campus of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, but streamed live on the university’s website so people around the world can share in this important tribute to a remarkable

“It was a tremendous honor to have such an iconic figure as part of Music Director Louis Langrée’s inaugural concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra last November narrating Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait,” said CSO President Trey Devey. “We were all touched by Dr. Angelou’s thoughtfulness, strength, eloquence, humility and grace. The CSO joins the nation, and indeed the world, in mourning her loss.”

The CSO’s string quartet, comprised of Kathryn Woolley, Stacey Woolley, Marna Street and Norman Johns, will also collaborate with country music singer Lee Ann Womack during the memorial service, performing Ms. Womacks I Hope You Dance.

Dr. Angelou’s performance of Lincoln Portrait with Mr. Langrée and the Orchestra was recorded live at Music Hall for an upcoming release. “Her legacy is simply tremendous,” said Mr. Devey. “Through Dr. Angelou’s performances with us in November and the recording, she will forever be part of the CSO’s legacy as well.” 

 

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