Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Hannibal Lokumbe Heads Three Days of Community Events June 15-17, 2017
Series ends with world premiere of
Crucifixion Resurrection: Nine Souls a Traveling
at historic Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
marking the second anniversary of the attack on
Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston
Events at Painted Bride Art Center and National Constitution Center
further illuminate the premiere and the Civil Rights Movement
(Philadelphia, May 31, 2017)—Philadelphia Orchestra Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Hannibal Lokumbe has developed a series of collaborative events spread over three days emphasizing the roles of music, forgiveness, and healing in today’s world. The events are part of Hannibal’s ongoing work with The Philadelphia Orchestra; he is writing a community commission, Healing Tones, that engages Philadelphians in helping create a “hymn for the city.” The project is taking place now and throughout the 2017-18 season, and focuses on healing communities that are experiencing trauma and divisiveness. Each of the three days, June 15-17, involves a different Philadelphia organization.
June 15 at Painted Bride Art Center
At Painted Bride Art Center, the distinguished visual artist Steve Prince will participate in a multi-faceted evening of conversation and performance called “Hannibal Lokumbe: The Unveiling of the Saints.” Prince has created a series of nine works that are the direct result of collaborating with Hannibal, as the latter composed Crucifixion Resurrection: Nine Souls a Traveling. At the event on June 15, Hannibal and Prince will preview and discuss these works before they are presented as part of the events on June 17.
June 16 at the National Constitution Center
Sarah Collins Rudolph, a survivor of the Birmingham Church Bombing in 1963, will headline a panel of civil rights luminaries in a discussion called “Remembering Birmingham: Civil Rights and Constitutional Change.” Among those on the panel will be the Washington Post’s Steven Levingston, author of Kennedy and King. At the beginning of the event, at noon, Hannibal, who first attained renown as a jazz trumpeter, will perform.
June 17 at Weccacoe Park (Mother Bethel Burial Ground) and Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Saturday, June 17, marks the second anniversary of the shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Hannibal’s Crucifixion Resurrection weaves together sorrow at the needless slaughter, the healing essential to all humankind, and hope for the future.
The concert will be preceded by a meeting at Weccacoe Park, the historic site of the Mother Bethel Burial Ground dating back to 1810. The community is asked to gather at the corner of S. Lawrence and Queen Streets at 6 PM and then walk to the church (a half mile away). Hannibal characterizes the event as a “Walk of Love.” “This is not a march of protest,” he notes, “but a walk in silent, prayerful meditation to Mother Bethel AME Church. We hope all who can will join us, wearing white, and then take their places in the church for the performance.” As part of the procession, selected participants will carry the banners created by Steve Prince portraying those who died as saints. Sarah Collins Rudolph and Philadelphia community leaders will bear the banners created by Prince.
Crucifixion Resurrection: Nine Souls a Traveling will feature Hannibal on jazz trumpet; Philadelphia Orchestra First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang as solo violinist; vocalists Janice Chandler-Eteme, Tiffany Godette, and Rodrick Dixon; and other artists to be announced.
“Hannibal Lokumbe: The Unveiling of the Saints”
Thursday, June 15, at 6 PM – Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.
Hannibal Lokumbe Philadelphia Orchestra Music Alive Composer-in-Residence
Steve Prince Visual Artist
This performance is ticketed, with a “pay what you can” price scaling. Tickets are available at www.paintedbride.org/events.
“Remembering Birmingham: Civil Rights and Constitutional Change”
Friday, June 16, at 12 PM – National Constitution Center, Independence Mall, 525 Arch St.
Sarah Collins Rudolph, Birmingham Church Bombing Survivor
Steven Levingston, Washington Post Editor
This event is free, but registration is required. Guests can register through the National Constitution Center web site at www.constitutioncenter.org/debate.
Crucifixion Resurrection: Nine Souls a Traveling
Saturday, June 17, at 7 PM – Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 419 S. 6th Street
Artists to include:
Juliette Kang Violin
Janice Chandler-Eteme Soprano
Tiffany Godette Mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon Tenor
Hannibal Lokumbe Crucifixion Resurrection: Nine Souls a Traveling (world premiere)
This performance is preceded by a procession that begins at 6 PM at Weccacoe Park and concludes at the Church.
This performance is free and open to the public with all seating general admission. Tickets can be reserved at www.philorch.org. Reserving a ticket does not guarantee admittance, as attendance is first-come, first-served.
The residency of Hannibal Lokumbe is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. This national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their work with composers and new music, capitalizing on the power of composers and their creativity to build new paths for orchestras to heighten their relevancy and deepen their relationships with their communities. Major funding for Music Alive comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Amphion Foundation, the ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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