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The Sankofa Project: A Journey Through Black Music and Artistry  

Saturday, September 10, 2022 | 5:00 PM   
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

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In the West African tradition, the Adinkra symbol of “Sankofa” depicts a bird with its head turned backward while its feet face forward carrying a precious egg in its mouth. The word itself means “go back and fetch it” and is further understood as “looking back to move forward”. The Sankofa Project: A Journey Through Black Music and Artistry explores the rich tapestry of vocal music created by African Americans. Originally planned for Black Music Month,the program features music by and tributes to Black musical figures in many genres such as Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, Curtis Mayfield, and The Impressions, including Price and Bonds performed by five young HBCU alumni artists making major impact in the performing arts world. Along with the powerful music, audiences will be treated to the powerful stories of these legendary artists through narration and dramatic interpretation. The music and artistry of African people are much like that precious egg in the mouth of the bird, full of vitality and sustainable resources. In experiencing this program, all will be inspired by these pivotal artists of the past and determined to move forward in creating a brighter future for us all.  

Conceived and curated by Patrick Dailey, artist-in-residence at St. Luke’s.  

 

Philadelphia Fall Arts Fest

Saturday, September 17, 2022 
Kimmel Center Plaza 

Free 

Musicians from Opera Philadelphia and the National Marian Anderson Museum highlight the music of Florence Price and Margaret Bonds during the 2022 Philadelphia Fall Arts Fest.

Thank you to our generous partners at The National Marian Anderson Museum and ONEcomposer. 

 

Writing Workshops  

Date TBA
Field Education Space, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts 

For invited school groups only

Students from Global Leadership Academy will join Kalela Williams for a workshop inspired by the poetry and friendship shared between Margaret Bonds and Langston Hughes.

Thank you to our generous partners at The Mann Center, ONEcomposer, Mighty Writers, and Philly Typewriter.   

 

 

Opera Storybook Time  

Saturday, September 24 | 10:30 AM  
Marian Anderson Recreation Center 

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Join the National Marian Anderson Museum and Opera Philadelphia as they present a reading of When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan. The Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society will display items of Marian’s – letters, dresses, and sheet music – to bring the story of the Philadelphia luminary to life.   

This event is designed with all students in mind, but geared for Pre-K to 1st grade.  

 

 

Opera Storybook Time  

Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 10:30 AM 
The Fellowship Room, Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church 

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Join Opera Philadelphia’s teaching artist D’quan Tyson, the National Marian Anderson Museum and Opera Philadelphia as they present a reading of When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan. The Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society will display items of Marian’s – letters, dresses, and sheet music – to bring the story of the Philadelphia luminary to life.   

This event is designed with all students in mind, but geared for Pre-K to 1st grade.  

 

 

We Dream a World  

Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 3:00 PM
Old First Reformed UCC 

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Singing City Choir  
Nate Zullinger, conductor  

This concert produced by Singing City, our partners in the T-VOCE program will feature contributions to the choral art from women, all within the last 75 years. A highlight will be the premiere of a new work by Philadelphia composer Melissa Dunphy. 

 

 

Opera on the Go 

Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 10:30 AM 
Trinity Center for Urban Life  

For invited school groups only 

Megnot Toggia, vocalist 
Cory Walker, vocalist  
Jinhyun Park, piano   

A dramatic reading of When Marian Sang, about the Philadelphia-born contralto Marian Anderson, with songs performed throughout the reading, including rarely heard compositions by Florence Price. This event is designed with all ages in mind, but geared for kindergarten to 4th graders.   

 

 

Price Recital Project

Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 3:30 PM   
Rock Hall, Temple University 

Registration information to come 

Michele Kennedy, soprano  
Grant Loehnig, piano  

Inspired by the life and legacy of Florence Price, this recital explores her art song repertoire: its historic context, its musical framework and interpretive power, and its personal significance to Price and to the poets she selected.

Thank you to our generous partners ONEcomposer and Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance.  

 

 

Winter Festival of Voices  

Saturday, March 4, 2023 | 7:00 PM  
Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia 

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Singing City Choir 

Music on the program will highlight Black and Women composers. Learn about Margaret Bonds’s connections to Philadelphia and Singing City through performances by Singing City, T-VOCE and more.  

 

 

Storytelling Recital   

Sunday, March 26, 2023 
The Sanctuary, Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church  

Registration information to come 

Opera Philadelphia Chorus 
Wharton Wesley Faith Ensemble  

Explore the life and works of Florence Price during this narrated recital.  

Thank you to our generous partners at Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church and ONEcomposer. 
  

 

Opera on the Go   

Sunday, April 16, 2023 | 2:00 PM   
Presser Hall, Settlement Music School Mary Louise Curtis Branch 

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Megnot Toggia, vocalist 
Cookie Diorio, vocalist  
Jinhyun Park, piano   

A dramatic reading of When Marian Sang, about the Philadelphia-born contralto Marian Anderson, with songs performed throughout the reading, including rarely heard compositions by Florence Price. This event is designed with all ages in mind, but geared for kindergarten to 4th graders.  

Thank you to our generous partners at The National Marian Anderson Museum and ONEcomposer.  

 

Opera on the Go   

Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 10:30 AM   
African American Museum of Philadelphia 

Registration information to come 

Megnot Toggia, vocalist 
Cookie Diorio, vocalist  
Jinhyun Park, piano   

A dramatic reading of When Marian Sang, about the Philadelphia-born contralto Marian Anderson, with songs performed throughout the reading, including rarely heard compositions by Florence Price. This event is designed with all ages in mind but geared for kindergarten to 4th graders. 

Thank you to our generous partners at the African American Museum of Philadelphia, The National Marian Anderson Museum, and ONEcomposer.   

 

Bridge Sessions  

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Thursday, June 1, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM  
World Café Live

School Group Registration Information to Come 

Mini-performance & Writing Workshop. Students will be treated to a short musical performance followed by a writing workshop that will highlight the friendship shared between Margaret Bonds and Langston Hughes. 

Thank you to our generous partners World Café Live, ONEcomposer, The National Marian Anderson Museum, and The International Florence Price Festival.   

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