“To me, Seven O’Clock Shout is a declaration of our survival. It is something that allows us our agency to take back the kindness that is in our hearts and the emotions that cause us such turmoil. … We cheer on the essential workers with a primal and fierce urgency to let them know that we stand with them and each other.”—Valerie Coleman
Featured in both HearTOGETHER: A Healing Conversation in Music and Words and HearNOW: An At-Home Gala, Valerie Coleman’s Seven O’Clock Shout has become The Philadelphia Orchestra’s anthem in response to COVID-19. In addition to honoring frontline workers, this special commission celebrates the strength of human connection even during times of isolation.
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