Thursday, November 12, 2015

John Malveaux: Laquita Mitchell Sings World Premiere of Hannibal's 'One Land, One River, One People'


Laquita Mitchell

John Malveaux of

sends this link:

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia Orchestra

Copland's Appalachian Spring
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor

Verizon Hall

Friday, November 138pm
Saturday, November 148pm
Sunday, November 152pm
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Laquita Mitchell - Soprano
Rodrick Dixon - Tenor
Combined Choirs including
Delaware State University Choir
Lloyd Mallory - Director
Lincoln University Concert Choir
Edryn Coleman - Director
Morgan State University Choir Eric Conway - Director
J. Donald Dumpson - Choral Direction

Sibelius Finlandia
Copland Appalachian Spring
Hannibal One Land, One River, One People (Philadelphia Orchestra commission—world premiere)

'Nothing is more sacred to me than music,' says American composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal, who grew up among the cotton fields of Texas. A pastiche of spirituals, blues, and traditional African rhythms still influence his music-writing today. The Philadelphia Orchestra performed his highly acclaimed African Portraits, detailing the slave experience, in 1997, and two years later gave the world premiere of his One Heart Beating, one of the Orchestra's Centennial Commissions. ('The strings, lord have mercy!' Hannibal told the Philadelphia Daily News. 'And the percussion. Wow!') In the world premiere of this emotionally charged new work—also commissioned exclusively by The Philadelphia Orchestra—Hannibal explores, with a flowing river as the symbol, the connections among communities and all those who live in them. The oratorio features chorus, soloists, and text written by the eloquent composer.

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