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EVENT SPOTLIGHT | National Symphony Orchestra & The String Queens



Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Washington, DC, in partnership with DC Parks and Recreation, presents a Full Orchestra Concert with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, with The String Queens, on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 7 PM.


Pre-show activities will begin at 5: 30 PM. with Ward 5 Mutual Aid, NSO Youth Fellows Performance, and Mandala Making Workshop with Stephanie Kiah.

A passionate communicator, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser brings clarity and meaning to the concert hall, fostering deep connections between audiences and performers. He is concurrently Resident Conductor of Engagement and Education of the San Francisco Symphony, Barrett Principal Education Conductor and Community Ambassador of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist in Residence and Community Ambassador of Symphony Nova Scotia, and Principal Youth Conductor and Artistic Partner of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra. He served as assistant conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and associate conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bartholomew-Poyser has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Carnegie Hall Link-Up Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and Chicago Philharmonic, was a cover conductor with the Washington National Opera in 2020 and was music director of the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute in 2022.

In the 2022–23 season, Mr. Bartholomew-Poyser debuts with the Houston Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, and the London Sinfonia. Host of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly radio show Centre Stage, he also serves on the Board of the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak, headquartered in Michigan. He is the subject of a multi-award-winning CBC documentary Disruptor Conductor, focusing on his efforts to extend the boundaries of the orchestral music world through concerts for neurodiverse, incarcerated, African diaspora, and LGBTQ2S+ populations. 

Mr. Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser earned his bachelor's in music performance and education from the University of Calgary, and his master of philosophy in performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.


Praised for its authentic, soulful, and orchestral sound, The String Queens (TSQ) is a dynamic trio that creates stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine! With an array of repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, TSQ performs versatile programs that take listeners on a rousing musical journey through time and a multitude of musical genres.


Based in Washington, D.C., TSQ has been featured in performances at renowned concert halls and venues across America, including Carnegie Hall in New York City and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capital. Notable appearances include a special performance dedicated to Vice President Kamala Harris at the “We Are One” Presidential Inauguration Concert in January 2021 and rendering a spotlight presentation of TSQ’s electrifying arrangement of Harry Styles’s hit song “Golden” for the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament “The Championships, Wimbledon” in June 2021. As an ensemble that frequents the D.C. jazz scene, other headlining performances include multiple appearances at the DC Jazz Festival and the Capital Jazz Fest.


Recognized by D.C.’s leading news network WUSA9 as “school teachers by day and concert performers by night”, TSQ’s dedication, service, and innovative work in the field of music education has been acknowledged by the DC Jazz Festival with the “Jazz Education Award” in 2022, Carnegie Hall with the “Music Educators Workshop” Keynote Address in 2021, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with the “Aspire Award” in 2020, Washington Performing Arts’s “Mars Arts D.C” Resident Ensemble in 2019 and 2020, and most recently, a partnership with the Save The Music Foundation to present a series of professional development workshops for performing arts educators around the country on “Social Emotional Learning in the Arts Classroom” and “Trauma-Informed Centered Arts Classrooms” as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


In August 2022, TSQ released its third album titled “RISE”, which was made possible by a Sphinx Organization MPower Artist Grant. With this album, TSQ sought to sonically address the problems that are currently plaguing the world by creating unique arrangements of timeless classics rooted in hope, joy, peace, and love. Featuring original compositions by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Richard Smallwood, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and more, “RISE” takes listeners on a musical journey that starts in a field of loss and hopelessness and ends in a fortress of faith, triumph, and fortitude.


Previous albums from TSQ include a self-titled EP released in 2019 and a holiday EP titled “Our Favorite Things” released in 2020. All TSQ albums are available on their website and all major digital music platforms.


This event is part of the Kennedy Center NSO In Your Neighborhood series, celebrating local communities through music. The Presenting Sponsor is Wells Fargo.


Turkey Thicket Recreations is located at 1100 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017.


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