The Kennedy Center Extends Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon

By David Salazar

The Kennedy Center has announced a three-year contract extension for Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon.

“My time here at the Kennedy Center has been amazing. It’s been rewarding creating many new works in partnership with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, and the many other art forms here,” said Simon in an official press release issued by The Kennedy Center. “I’m looking forward to the next three years of creating and working with so many accomplished musicians and artists. I am grateful that I continue to be supported in my growth in my career and in my artistic expression.”

Simon commenced his residency during the 2021-22 season and has had 19 of his works programmed; among them are nine commissions across numerous genres. Among those were the opera “it all falls down” as part of “Written on Stone.” He has also worked extensively with the Washington National Opera and its American Opera Initiative program. The National Symphony Orchestra also commissioned his “Songs of Separation” which were performed by J’Nai Bridges and broadcast live on during the 2022-23 season.

Later this season, audiences will hear Simon’s “Requiem for the Enslaved.”