Philadelphia Orchestra teams with Hannibal Lokumbe for Music Alive residency

Posted on: January 9, 2017

“For over four decades, classic composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe has reflected on the African-American experience through music and words,” writes Bobbi Booker in Friday’s (1/6) Philadelphia Tribune. Following the Philadelphia Orchestra’s performances of his One Land, One River, One People in 2014 and 2015, “Lokumbe teams with the Philadelphia Orchestra again as one of only five composers and orchestra pairs selected through a peer review panel process to participate in Music Alive, a national three-year composer-orchestra residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.… Lokumbe’s work has been commissioned and performed by symphonies and orchestras across the country, including the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.… The composer’s latest project, titled ‘Healing Tones,’ is a community-commission that will engage Philadelphians in writing a ‘hymn for the city.’ The hymn will focus on healing troubled communities and will include inmates of the Philadelphia Detention Center, guests of Broad Street Ministry, and the youth of Philadelphia. These groups represent collaborators in the Orchestra’s HEAR (Health, Education, Access and Research) initiative…. The world premiere of this new oratorio, ‘Healing Tones,’ will be part of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2018-19 concert season.”

Posted January 9, 2017