Philadelphia Orchestra launches monthly livestreamed discussions of racial justice and creative equity

Posted on: July 28, 2020

On June 6, the Philadelphia Orchestra hosted HearTOGETHER: A Healing Conversation in Music and Words, following the May 25 killing of George Floyd and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and national protests in support of racial and social justice. Guests Wynton Marsalis, Valerie Coleman, and Joseph Conyers joined Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky to discuss racial and social justice, and creative equity and inclusion, in orchestras. 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 and include a conversation with Vijay Iyer, Afa Dworkin, and Shariq Yosufzai. The series continues on August 26, 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 Gabriela Lena Frank, Angel Blue, and Jennifer Higdon. HearTOGETHER will be livestreamed on www.philorch.org and www.facebook.com/philorch. Details about upcoming HearTOGETHER events will be announced.