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Young People's Concert Series 2013
Thank you to everyone who participated in and attended our
2013 Young People’s Concert Series
“Capture the Culture: Four Magical Mondays”
Over the course of this summer we experienced record-breaking attendance at YPCS events.
More than 30,000 children and families were able to attend the four free music and dance concerts.
Cirque Zuma Zuma – July 8, 2013
The Mann was a full house at the opening of the 2013 Young People’s Concert Series featuring Cirque Zuma Zuma. The troupe, comprised of incredibly disciplined acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, and dancers, put on an African-style Cirque du Soleil performance that kept the young crowd mesmerized. The show opened with traditional circus tumbling, then went on to explore indigenous African dances. Cirque Zuma Zuma wrapped up with contemporary street-style hip-hop featuring a skillful multi-tasking hula hooper, and fancy footwork by tumblers who flipped over a jump rope during a Double Dutch match. Cirque Zuma Zuma proved a wonderfully fulfilling opening to the series, and a magical Monday morning!
Rock School for Dance Education – July 15, 2013
The Mann’s Young People’s Concert Series continued with its second installment as the Rock School for Dance Education brought a wide array of talent to explore the fusion of classical ballet, modern dance, and urban hip-hop moves and grooves in this exhilarating performance. From colorful ensemble numbers to elegant solos, the Rock School delighted the young audience with a creative array of dancers and dance styles.
Rising Stars of Tomorrow – July 29, 2013
Featuring the best young local talent, Rising Stars of Tomorrow showcased a variety of musicians including pianists, violinists, and singers, as well as dancers skilled in styles such as ballroom, contemporary, and hip-hop. Freedom Tower started the show off with an inspirational message of setting and achieving goals. Soloists Natalie Jadwin and Connie Jiang showcased their singing and piano playing talents, Fiddledelphia got the crowd clapping and tapping along to several bluegrass tunes and a rendition of the popular Imagine Dragons song "Radioactive." Four talented young dancers from Spotlight Dance Center shared the stage and Wild Rompit proved that they are a rock band with energy! The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, with performers as young as two-years-old, brought traditional African drumming and dance to center stage. Finally, the Camden Sophisticated Sisters brought the show to an impressive close with their spirited dance routine.
New Freedom Theatre Natalie Jadwin
Connie Jiang Fiddledelphia
Spotlight Dance Center Wild Rompit
Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble Sophisticated Sisters
Black Violin – August 5, 2013
YPCS concluded with a performance by Black Violin. Violist Wil B. and violinist Kev Marcus, along with DJTK and percussionist Beatdown, proved to the audience of over 6,200 young people that classical is cool. Audience members were treated to classical pieces featuring improvisational riffs on the violin as well as more well-known modern rock, hip-hop, R&B and even a few original pieces, all underscored with catchy baselines and beats. Children were asked to participate by clapping, tapping, and dancing along with the performers; several groups of young people were enthusiastically dancing in the aisles through the entire concert!
Photos by: Nathea Lee/PhotoBravura
For a recap of the 2012 Young People's Concert Series - "Passport to Culture" click here.
Young People's Concert Series at the Mann has been made possible with support from:
- The Gitlin Family Foundation
- The LENFEST Foundation
- Enon Baptist Comminity Ministries