Philadelphia Orchestra premiere of Hannibal Lokumbe’s “Healing Tones” to include shofar

Posted on: March 22, 2019

“Hannibal Lokumbe has met a lot of Philadelphians in his three years as composer-in-residence for the Philadelphia Orchestra,” writes Peter Dobrin in Thursday’s (3/21) Philadelphia Inquirer. “His time here has produced Healing Tones, a kind of hymn to the city to be premiered by the orchestra, vocal soloists, and two choirs led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin at three concerts starting Thursday…. The social strife and violence playing out in the larger atmosphere has found its way into Hannibal’s score…. It will include the sounding of the shofar by Audrey Glickman, who was leading services in the synagogue shared by the Tree of Life/Or L’Simcha, New Light, and Dor Hadash congregations on the morning of Oct. 27 when a gunman entered the temple and murdered 11 worshippers…. Glickman says she … sees her participation as a step in her own healing…. Hannibal’s presence at the orchestra these last few years has created a sense that a door to the orchestra has opened, says J. Donald Dumpson … artistic director of the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, which joins the Morgan State University Choir in Healing Tones.” Hannibal Lokumbe’s residency with the Philadelphia Orchestra is part of Music Alive, a national three-year composer-orchestra residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.

Posted March 22, 2019

Photo of Hannibal Lokumbe by Heather Khalifa