HearTOGETHER: A Healing Conversation in Music and Words to Expand into Monthly Livestream Series to Continue Discussions of Racial and Social Justice, and Creative Equity and Inclusion, in the Context of the Musical World

Posted on July 22, 2020

July 29: Afa Dworkin, Vijay Iyer, Shariq Yosufzai

August 26: Angel Blue, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Juliette Kang

(Philadelphia, July 22, 2020)—On June 6, 2020—following the killing of George Floyd, and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and national protests in support of racial and social justice—Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra hosted HearTOGETHER: A Healing Conversation in Music and Words. Guests Wynton Marsalis, Valerie Coleman, and Joseph Conyers joined Nézet-Séguin and Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky for a discussion about racial and social justice, and creative equity and inclusion, through the lens of the world of orchestral music. Now, the Orchestra is expanding HearTOGETHER into a monthly livestream series of dialogue and music with industry thought leaders and guest artists.

The next installment of HearTOGETHER, hosted by Tarnopolsky, will take place on July 29, 2020, at 7 PM, and will include a conversation with, and performance by, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, as well as discussions with Sphinx Organization President and Artistic Director Afa Dworkin and Accordant Advisors CEO Shariq Yosufzai. HearTOGETHER will be livestreamed on www.philorch.org and www.facebook.com/philorch.

“It is the responsibility of The Philadelphia Orchestra to create an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible institution, and to continue the important conversation that began on June 6,” said President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky. “HearTOGETHER will include many voices, speaking to crucial and immediate issues. The world of classical music has work to do, and we are committed to change within our organization, and inspiring change in our society.”

The series will continue on August 26, 2020, at 7 PM, marking Women’s Equality Day and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. The Philadelphia Orchestra will present a day of content showcasing women artists and composers, culminating in the HearTOGETHER program, moderated by Philadelphia Orchestra First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang and featuring Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank, soprano Angel Blue, and composer Jennifer Higdon. A central focus of the HearTOGETHER discussion will be the suffrage movement’s racial history and troubled beginnings and its consequential lessons for women artists today looking to the future.

Details about upcoming HearTOGETHER events will be announced at a later date at www.philorch.org.

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.

The Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra is generously funded, in part, by the William Penn Foundation.

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