Composer-in-Residence Hannibal Lokumbe
Leading up to the premiere of a newly commissioned work in 2018-19, Healing Tones, Hannibal Lokumbe will be centrally embedded within The Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia community. His work will include performing and workshopping new pieces, mentoring composers, and promoting public access to the creative process, all in partnership with schools, churches, detention centers, and community organizations.
In honor of the Charleston Nine, this work for jazz trio, jazz trumpet, solo violin, vocalists (Janice Chandler-Eteme, Tiffany Godette and Roderick Dixon), narrators, and choir speaks to the sacredness of all life, the beauty of forgiveness, and the reconciliation necessary for healing common to all people.
The Unveiling of the Saints
Presented by Painted Bride Art Center
Thursday, June 15, 6:00 PM
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Join artist Steve Prince and Philadelphia Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Hannibal Lokumbe for a multi-faceted performance and conversation honoring those who were killed in Charleston, South Carolina, while attending Bible study at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2015. Mr. Prince's artwork—nine banners depicting the nine victims as saints—is a direct result of his collaboration with Hannibal during the compositional process of Crucifixion Resurrection: Nine Souls a Traveling. Admission is pay what you wish; tickets available at tickets.paintedbride.org.
Remembering Birmingham: Civil Rights and Constitutional Change
Presented by the National Constitution Center
Friday, June 16, 12:00 PM
525 Arch Street, Philadelphia
On September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls and injuring many others. Join survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph, composer Hannibal Lokumbe and Washington Post editor and author of Kennedy and King Steve Levingston as they discuss how the bombing impacted the meaning of "equality" in America and how local events can bring about constitutional change.
A special performance by Hannibal Lokumbe, Philadelphia Orchestra Composer-in-Residence, will precede the discussion.
Copies of Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights will be available for sale before and after the program. Free tickets available at constitutioncenter.org/debate.
Walk of Love
Presented by Mother Bethel AME Church
Saturday, June 17 at 6:00 PM
Weccacoe Playground, South Lawrence and Queen Streets, South Philadelphia
Join Mother Bethel AME Church for a silent procession honoring the Charleston Nine and their families. This Walk of Love begins at Weccacoe Playground (Mother Bethel Burial Ground dating back to 1810) and will proceed up 6th Street to Mother Bethel for the performance of Crucifixion Resurrection: Nine Souls a Traveling. Noted community members will carry banners created by artist Steve Prince of the Charleston Nine and lead the half-mile walk.
For more information, please contact HEAR@philorch.org.