Philadelphia Firsts

Philadelphia Orchestra

2009
$100,000

The Philadelphia Orchestra offered the first Philadelphia performances of two recently composed works by Richard Danielpour and Bright Sheng. Danielpour's A Woman's Life is based on text by poet Maya Angelou and was co-commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Performances featured soprano soloist Angela Brown under the baton of Rossen Milanov. Sheng's The Phoenix (2004) featured soprano Shana Blake Hill, conducted by Maestro Charles Dutoit. The Philadelphia chapter of the American Composers Forum facilitated residency activities with Danielpour and area composers and students.