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Philadelphia Freedom Festival Finale Concert Celebrating the Legacy of Octavius Catto and the 50th Anniversary of the Passage of the Civil Rights Act
Be Our Guest: Admission to this very special evening of music under the stars is complimentary and seating is on a first come, first-served basis.
Due to an overwhelming response, this concert has now REACHED CAPACITY. No further registrations are being processed. For patrons who have registered with Eventbrite, please print your Eventbrite ticket and bring it with you to the gate on July 19th. For patrons who have registered in person through one of our community partners, all names are being compiled on our master registry. Please report to the box office on July 19th for your admission pass
All concert attendees are encouraged to arrive early; gates will open at 5:30PM. Seating is available on first come, first served basis. Covered seating is limited and not guaranteed; please bring a blanket as you may be seated on the Great Lawn. Parties are encouraged to arrive together as seat holds will not be permitted. Late arrivals are not guaranteed seats or access.
Presented by the Mann
André Raphel, Conductor
Rev. Nolan Williams, Jr., Conductor & Festival Artistic Director
Special Guest Barbara Walker
Jay Fluellen, Chorus master
Don't miss this special evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra like you've never experienced before, featuring the world premiere performance of a commissioned tribute to Octavius Catto by Philadelphia composer Uri Caine and anchored by the inspirational praise sounds of Gospel superstar Marvin Sapp, along with a multi-voice Philadelphia community choir!
At 6:00PM a pre-concert event on the Mann's PECO Plaza will feature Catto re-enactor Robert Branch, the 100-voice Enon Children's Choir, and the "Trailblazers to Freedom Digital Interactive Media Traveling Trunk" presented in partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The trunk contains replica artifacts—clothing, speeches, paintings, and letters—from the 1870s as well as biographical materials that tell the story of Octavius Catto and abolitionist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. The Traveling Trunk also contains a touchscreen display featuring video drawn directly from AAMP's core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876.
There is no re-entry once exiting the facility.
Picnics are welcome for this performance.
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/
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Mann Center for the Performing Arts
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