ASALH Supports the Arts Fundraiser: Singing Freedom Concert Series

Come celebrate Black History and the ARTS with the ASALH PhilaMontco Branch!

Singing Freedom is a two-part concert series, held January 15-16, which utilizes Freedom on the Move—Cornell University’s database devoted to the experiences of enslaved people seeking freedom in North America—to “capture a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, each meditating on what it means to risk all to be free.”

Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens

Singing Freedom – Part I

Karen Slack, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Will Liverman, baritone; Howard Watkins, piano; Rhiannon Giddens, vocals/guitar

Freedom on the Move: Songs in Flight
Program includes a Philadelphia Premiere/PCMS Co-Commission by Shawn Okpebholo. 

WHEN & WHERE
Sunday, January 15 - 3:00 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The hall opens 30 minutes prior to the performance.

PRE-CONCERT LECTURE
With Jerrell Jackson from 1:45-2:30 – held in the Comcast Circle. For assistance, please visit the PCMS Box Office table located in the lobby to the left of the main Perelman Theater entrance. 

PERFORMANCE RUNNING TIME
Approximately 2 hours (including intermission)

A trio of exceptional vocalists—Karen Slack, Reginald Mobley, and Will Liverman—brings this project to life alongside celebrated pianist Howard Watkins and Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens. This first of two programs features PCMS collaborating with New York-based Sparks & Wiry Cries (innovator of songSLAM Festival and Art Song Magazine) on a new work by American composer Shawn Okpebholo, whose music has been described as “devastatingly beautiful… fresh and new and fearless” (Washington Post). The work sets texts curated by Dr. Tsitsi Ella Jaji (Duke University), whose own work, along with the work of poet Crystal Simone Smith (Duke University), and Pulitzer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess contextualizes and responds to selected primary source materials from Freedom on the Move.


Pine Forge Academy Honors Choir

Singing Freedom – Part II

Pine Forge Academy Honors Choir; Jarrett Roseborough, director

Freedom on the Move: Three Dialogues
Choral program includes a World Premiere/PCMS Commission by Mason Bynes

WHEN & WHERE
Monday, January 16 - 7:30 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The hall opens 30 minutes prior to the performance.

PRE-CONCERT LECTURE
With Jerrell Jackson from 6:30-7:15 – held in the Comcast Circle. For assistance, please visit the PCMS Box Office table located in the lobby to the left of the main Perelman Theater entrance. 

PERFORMANCE RUNNING TIME
Approximately 2 hours (including intermission)

Composer Mason Bynes asks, “How does one create music for joy and sorrow, for challenge and triumph, for jubilance and anguish? Can sorrow, strife, and yearning inform joy, peace, and attainment?” Bynes explores these questions in her latest work. The renowned Pine Forge Academy Honors Choir gives its world premiere on our second Singing Freedom program.

If you have any questions, please contact the PCMS Box Office at 215-569-8080 or [email protected]