The Philadelphia Orchestra’s world premiere of Hannibal Lokumbe’s three-movement work One Land, One River, One People, described as a “spiritatorio,” will take place on November 13 at Verizon Hall. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the orchestra; vocal soloists Laquita Mitchell and Rodrick Dixon; and a choir from the Delaware State University Choir, the Lincoln University Concert Choir, and the Morgan State University Choir. The orchestra is hosting several community events leading up to the premiere, including three chamber performances by orchestra musicians on Tuesday, November 10: in the morning at the Philadelphia Prison System’s Detention Center in Northeast Philadelphia, in the afternoon with Play On, Philly! students in West Philadelphia, and in the evening at the Christ Church Neighborhood House, in conjunction with the African American Museum’s Outcry! exhibit at the 14th Annual First Person Arts Festival. On November 12, the Free Library of Philadelphia will host a discussion entitled “One Land, One River, One People: Art and its Unifying Power” at Parkway Central Library, featuring Nézet-Séguin, Hannibal, and Philadelphia’s first poet laureate, Sonia Sanchez. Earlier in the day, Hannibal and Sanchez will speak to students and families at the Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library in Germantown.
Posted November 9, 2015