As the culminating event of its Philadelphia Freedom Festival, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts will premiere a new commissioned work by Philadelphia composer Uri Caine featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra; Dr. Marvin Sapp, guest soloist; Barbara Walker, soprano; André Raphel, conductor; Nolan Williams, Jr., conductor; a 250-voice gospel choir; and praise dancers.
A pre-concert event on PECO Plaza will feature Catto re-enactor Robert Branch, the 100-voice Enon Children's Choir, and the "Trailblazers to Freedom Digital Interactive Media Traveling Trunk," presented in partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). The trunk contains replica artifacts—clothing, speeches, paintings, and letters—from the 1870s, as well as biographical materials that tell the story of Octavius Catto and abolitionist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. The "Traveling Trunk" also contains a touchscreen display featuring video drawn directly from AAMP's core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776–1876.
Tickets to this performance will go on sale Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at the link above.