We turn to music to provide hope and healing during times of upheaval. This week The Philadelphia Orchestra brings you Healing Tones, a "hymn to the city" of Philadelphia, by American composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal. This poignant work addresses the accumulated violence of centuries of cultural oppression, and the desperate need for healing and unity. Healing Tones honors those among us who bear witness and seek to bridge the gap between ignorance and understanding, between darkness and light.
Originally performed in March 2019.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Karen Slack Soprano (Eternal Mother)
Funmike Lagoke Mezzo-soprano (The Everlasting)
Rodrick Dixon Tenor (Shaman)
Audrey Glickman Shofar
Cecil Brooks III Drum Set
Morgan State University Choir (The Ancestors)
Eric Conway Director
Philadelphia Heritage Chorale (The Ancestors)
J. Donald Dumpson Artistic Director
Hannibal Healing Tones (world premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra commission)
The original Philadelphia Orchestra presentation of Healing Tones by Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Hannibal Lokumbe was made possible thanks to Music Alive, a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. The commissioning of the world premiere of Healing Tones was made possible through generous support from Carole Haas Gravagno and the CHG Charitable Trust.