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From Programming to Progress: Why Music Matters

Jan 17, 2022, 11:30 AM

Performance Details

Before the start of the Orchestra's Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert, guests can enjoy a live taping of the Orchestra’s HearTOGETHER podcast.

The event will open with a spotlight interview between HearTOGETHER Host Tori Marchiony and President and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia Andrea Custis. The two will discuss the differences between the “American Dream” and Dr. King’s dream for America.

Immediately following, Marchiony will facilitate a discussion, “From Programming to Progress: Why Music Matters,” with a panel of special guests including pianist Michelle Cann, Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and a champion of the work of Florence Price; Dr. Fredara M. Hadley, ethnomusicology professor at the Juilliard School in the Music History department; and Dr. Cassandra W. Jones, Administrator, Music and Arts, Senior Director for Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and CEO of Next Step Associates. Together, they will share stories and analyses about works included in the Orchestra’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert, as well as the importance of music in social movements and in building community.


The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the HearTOGETHER podcast—a monthly series of dialogue and music with industry thought leaders and guest artists who will continue to explore racial and social justice, and creative equity and inclusion, through the lens of the world of orchestral music.

HearTOGETHER is hosted by Tori Marchiony and available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more. You can also find recent episodes at

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The Philadelphia Orchestra’s HearTOGETHER series is generously supported by lead corporate sponsor Accordant Advisors. Additional major support has been provided by the Otto Haas Charitable Trust.

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