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2nd Annual John Coltrane Symposium - Panels and Concert

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4000 Woodland Avenue

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A daylong event featuring panel discussions, a dramatic reading, music, and more in celebration of the life and music of John Coltrane

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The Second Annual John Coltrane Symposium culminates in this day-long event featuring moderated panel discussions, a dramatic reading, music, and more — in celebration of the life and music of John William Coltrane.

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All Ages

  • Pre-registration with advance RSVP required.
  • For program schedule and additional information please visit the Ars Nova Workshop website.

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Symposium Panelists

  • Nia I’man Smith, Jamal Moore, James Phillips, Dr. C. O. Simpkins, Bill Cole, Dr. Karlton Hester, Dr. Greg Carr

Alfie Pollitt All-Star Quartet

  • Alfie Pollitt – piano
  • Nasir Dickerson – saxophone
  • Richard Hill – bass
  • Alan Nelson – drums

Theatre in the X's Carlo Campbell performs Dear Listener

The highlight of this year’s symposium will be two panel discussions about Coltrane’s music and life. The opening panel includes discussions between ethnomusicologist Nia I’man Smith; composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator, Jamal Moore; and artist-educator and AfriCobra member, James Phillips.

Our second panel will feature three biographers on John Coltrane. Scholar and musician, Karlton Hester will join two of the earliest biographers on Trane: Bill Cole and Dr. C.O. Simpkins. Cole and Simpkins have not been in conversion in over thirty years. We are honored to bring them together along with Hester to learn about their approaches and research to bringing Coltrane’s life, music and beliefs to a wider audience.

Keynote speaker Dr. Greg Carr will walk us through the historical and musical narrative of Coltrane and his musical foundations. This year’s symposium will also include a dramatic reading of Dear Listener from Carlo Campbell of Theatre in the X. Dear Listener, a play conceived and written by Anyabwile Love, takes place just days after Coltrane records A Love Supreme and imagines his reflections on his life and musical career as he visits his mother and Cousin Mary in Philadelphia. Our four days of events will conclude in the only way imaginable: with a musical performance by Alfie Pollitt and his All-Star Quartet.

Complete program schedule and information coming soon.

The Woodlands

The Woodlands’ 54-acre undulating landscape is at once an 18th-century English pleasure garden, an active 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern-day green oasis for the communities of West Philadelphia. Please note before planning your visit:

  • Guests can arrive by foot, bike, or public transit.
  • Limited on-site parking is available for some events.
  • Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket for outdoor seating.
  • The front entrance of The Woodlands is located approximately 1/4 mile from the performance areas, with a slight incline along the way. Please wear comfortable shoes when visiting.

Accessibility

Should you require accessible entry or seating for this program, please contact Ars Nova Workshop at info@arsnovaworkshop.org or 215-805-3376 for more information.

COVID-19

Special COVID-19 admission guidelines are being followed to ensure a safe environment for all guests at The Woodlands.

  • Masks are required for all indoor spaces.
  • Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing while in line for the Stable Restroom.
  • Please respect other visitors and the Site Rules found on The Woodlands website.

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