Copland's Appalachian Spring

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Laquita Mitchell - Soprano

Rodrick Dixon - Tenor

Combined Choirs including

Delaware State University Choir

Lloyd Mallory - Director

Lincoln University Concert Choir

Edryn Coleman - Director

Morgan State University Choir

Eric Conway - Director

J. Donald Dumpson - Choral Direction


Sibelius - Finlandia

Copland - Appalachian Spring


Hannibal - One Land, One River, One People (world premiere)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

2:00 pm Verizon Hall

"Nothing is more sacred to me than music," says American composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal, who grew up among the cotton fields of Texas. A pastiche of spirituals, blues, and traditional African rhythms still influence his music-writing today. The Philadelphia Orchestra performed his highly acclaimed African Portraits, detailing the slave experience, in 1997, and two years later gave the world premiere of his One Heart Beating, one of the Orchestra's Centennial Commissions. ("The strings, lord have mercy!" Hannibal told the Philadelphia Daily News. "And the percussion. Wow!") In the world premiere of this emotionally charged new work--also commissioned exclusively by The Philadelphia Orchestra--Hannibal explores, with a flowing river as the symbol, the connections among communities and all those who live in them. The oratorio features chorus, soloists, and text written by the eloquent composer. The themes of community and identity are established at the outset with two well-loved works: Sibelius's Finlandia, the de facto national anthem of his Finnish homeland, and Copland's Appalachian Spring, the Pulitzer Prize-winning depiction of the American idyll, which also popularized the Shaker folk song "Simple Gifts."

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