Philadelphia Freedom Festival
REV. NOLAN WILLIAMS, JR.
FESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Calendar of Events
Octavius Catto Story: A Philadelphia Freedom Fighter
These workshop/performances will be presented in four participating Philadelphia schools and integrate with the history, literature, and arts curriculum.
Each participating school will receive two copies of Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America, courtesy of Temple University Press.
Participating schools only.
Let Freedom Sing
February 22, 2014 | 2:00PM–4:00PM
Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church
Invited ministers and their choirs will participate in a church meeting revival offering a praise and worship opportunity for the entire community.
The program will consist of Negro Spirituals, sacred music born out of the African Diaspora experience, praise dancers, and special words from several special guest ministers.
Refreshments will be served after the event during a Meet & Greet with the ministers. Tours of the Richard Allen Museum will also be available.
Taste of Freedom
Catto Awards Luncheon
March 28, 2014 | 11:30AM–2:00PM
Union League of Philadelphia, Lincoln Hall
In celebration of Women's History Month, the Mann is pleased to honor local African-American women who have made distinguished contributions to their professions and communities.
Freedom of Composition
April 18, 2014 | 2:00PM–4:00PM
Curtis Institute of Music, Lenfest Hall
Music students from Philadelphia universities will be invited participants in this Master Class/Meet the Artist session facilitated by Uri Caine, composer of the commissioned work, The Passion of Octavius Catto, which will have its World Premiere performance at the Man Stage Finale Concert.
Master Class open to participating schools only. This event is in partnership with the Curtis Institute of Music.
Let Freedom Ring
Scholarly Panel Discussion
April 30, 2014 | 4:00PM–6:00PM
Temple University, Mitten Hall
Live broadcast by 900AM-WURD, this engaging discussion joins a diverse set of voices from Philadelphia's academic and activist communities to reflect on the life and impact of Octavius V. Catto. Performance by Cheyney University Concert Choir to follow.
Let Freedom Speak — Voices of Our Children
Catto Youth Freedom Project
May 16, 2014 | 10:00AM–11:00AM
Church of the Advocate
400 Philadelphia students are invited to attend an engaging, celebratory program featuring local young spoken word artists and city-wide choirs.
This event is in partnership with Art Sanctuary's Celebration of Black Writing and is open to participating schools only.
Freedom Rap Session
Youth Freedom Panel Discussion
June 7, 2014 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Crescendo Restaurant & Lounge at the Mann
Invited local hip-hop artists and scholars who have experienced & studied racism in Philadelphia will discuss how the power of music is reflected in their words.
Performances by: Nina "Lyrispect" Ball & Hip-Hop Krewe
This event is in partnership with Art Sanctuary.
Gospel Meets Symphony Featuring Marvin Sapp and The Philadelphia Orchestra
Festival Finale Concert
July 19, 2014 | 8:00PM
The Mann's Main Stage
World Premiere performance of a 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 300-voice gospel choir; and praise dancers.
A pre-concert event on PECO Plaza will feature Catto re-enactor Robert Branch, Enon Children's Choir, and the "Trailblazers to Freedom Digital Interactive Media Traveling Trunk" presented in partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Freedom Youth Jamboree
Young People's Concert Series
July 28, 2014 | 11:00AM
The Mann's Main Stage
A free children's concert featuring "Catto at the Bat," an original "baseball en pointe" piece by The Rock School for Dance Education, and Negro Spirituals performed by the Philadelphia Boys Choir.
Four Greenfield Performance Treasures Workshops to follow featuring the Philadelphia Boys Choir.
The Philadelphia Freedom Festival has been supported by:
Philadelphia Freedom Festival was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit our project page: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/philadelphia-freedom-festival/