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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra

Angel Blue Angel Blue Angel Blue

Angel Blue Sings Barber

Feb 03, 2022, 7:30 PM
Feb 04, 2022, 2:00 PM
Feb 05, 2022, 8:00 PM

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Performance Details

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor 
Angel Blue Soprano 

Aucoin Suite from Eurydice (world premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra commission)
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915  
Coleman This Is Not a Small Voice (world premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra commission)
Price Symphony No. 1 

Program Notes

In a performance grounded in our shared connection to a sense of place, soprano Angel Blue transports us to Knoxville: Summer of 1915 through Samuel Barber’s dream-like depiction of the world through the eyes of a child. Valerie Coleman creates an inspiring new vocal work to a text by Philadelphia poet Sonia Sanchez. Florence Price paints an orchestral picture of her life as a Black woman raised in the Post-Civil War South in her First Symphony, steeped in American folk music, spirituals, and church hymns. In 1933, this piece was the first symphonic work by a Black woman to be played by a major American orchestra. Plus, the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Suite from his opera Eurydice

Pre-Show Performance on Thursday, February 3
Join us for a pre-show performance on the Commonwealth Plaza stage on Thursday, February 3, at 6:00 PM. Experience a special reading of the new children’s book Who Is Florence Price?, written and illustrated by middle school students at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School, NYC's only K-12 public school that teaches music as a core subject. The students's book tells the story of a brilliant musician who prevailed against race and gender prejudices to become the first Black woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer and to be performed by a major American orchestra in 1933. Special Music School students will perform works by Florence Price as part of the pre-concert experience.

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