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The Philadelphia Community Mass 2019


FREE: The Philadelphia Community Mass

at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church






Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church
419 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Add to calendar Add to Calendar 2019-04-06 15:00:00 2019-04-06 15:00:00 The Philadelphia Community Mass 2019 The Mann Center the Mann. America/New_York public

Inspired by Bernstein’s MASS, the Mann, along with its collaborative artistic partner, NEWorks Productions, will draw together a collective of Philadelphia-based composers, musicians and directors from Philadelphia’s rich African American church community to present a community Mass that explores the relevance of faith in our times. Conceived and artistically directed by Nolan Williams, Jr., the Bernstein-inspired compositions of Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Ruth Naomi Floyd, and Dr. Jay Fluellen will be presented as a full concert at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church. The concert will be anchored by the Philadelphia Community Mass Choir, a collective of singers representing diverse communities in and around Philadelphia. The performance will be punctuated by spoken libretto excerpts from Bernstein’s MASS and delivered by two speakers: a celebrant and a skeptic.


community mass composers

Community Mass Composers
     · Dr. Rollo Dillworth
     · Ruth Naomi Floyd
     · Dr. Jay Fluellen
     · Evelyn Simpson-Curenton


By registering for this event, your RSVP is submitted to us. However, RSVP does not guarantee admittance, which is on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Philadelphia Community Mass is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Presser Foundation.
Presser Foundation and NEA


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Picnics are not allowed for this performance. 

Alcohol is not permitted at this performance.



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Lawn chairs are not permitted for this performance. 



Parking is free for this show.

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