In a world premiere, one-night-only special event, 12 extraordinary women will be breathing contemporary life into the centuries-old tradition of Eastern European Jewish folk music. The brainchild of fourth generation klezmer musician and concert artistic director Susan Watts, "Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer" was created from the world-renowned trumpeter's concern for the future of her art and appreciation of every individual involved. "'Soul Songs' is about the old and new intertwined," says Watts, a 2015 Pew Fellow. "It is future provoking, intuitive, grass roots. ‘Soul Songs' is about these women's musical journeys, their artistry and their discernment to use the force of adversity to their gain. It is the klezmer of today and a prelude to future possibilities for the art and the communities it nurtures." "Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer" will feature new compositions, written and performed by three generations of women who bring contemporary meaning to this traditional Eastern European Jewish folk music form.
Philadelphia Premiere // Philadelphia Debut // Philadelphians Series. In this Philadelphia premiere, Grammy® Award-winning early music interpreter Jordi Savall performs in Philadelphia for the first time. Joined by artists representing Europe, Africa and the Americas, he explores the music through which enslaved peoples forged a sense of community, preserved their own humanity and found a way to endure. Accompanied by historical texts on slavery, this musical memoir honors their journeys through the musical legacy they left, aiming to illuminate both the cruelest depths and extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.
Annenberg Center Debut. He truly followed in his father's footsteps. Now, acclaimed drummer, bandleader and composer T.S. Monk pays loving tribute to his famous father in honor of what would have been his 100th birthday. Join us to celebrate Thelonious Monk's timeless, swinging jazz in an evening of newly discovered compositions and beloved hits by this "Father of Modern Jazz."
With Rakesh Chaurasia. These music masters regularly obliterate musical borders and traverse new frontiers. Banjoist Béla Fleck, tabla player Zakir Hussain and bassist Edgar Meyer share the stage to unite the worlds of classical, bluegrass and world music. Each individually known as an innovator and virtuoso, their original trio music explores the connections between American roots and the classical Indian tradition. Joined by Rakesh Chaurasia on banusuri, get ready for an evening of world music fusion.
Annenberg Center Debut. With their bright a cappella harmonies, the five women of Nobuntu have earned international praise for the passion and joy they bring to Zimbabwean songs, Afro-jazz and gospel. The quintet's pure voices are augmented by traditional percussion and dance to celebrate the vibrant identity of their culture and what it means to be an African woman.
Philadelphia Premieres. "A master of visual composition" (Dance Magazine), Bucks County native Jessica Lang is a superstar in the dance world. Called "sophisticated and intelligent" (The Los Angeles Times) and "moving and masterful" (Chicago Sun-Times), Lang's ballet-based yet contemporary-driven works are rich with stunning movement, compelling musicality and beautiful cinematic composition. In a program of critically acclaimed Philadelphia premieres, this company will transform how you experience dance. Friday, November 30 @ 8 PM Saturday, December 1 @ 2 PM Saturday, December 1 @ 8 PM
A cappella harmonies fit for a king! One of the world's finest vocal ensembles, the Grammy® award-winning King's Singers celebrate Christmas and their 50th anniversary with an afternoon of timeless carols, Christmas classics and new arrangements. Known for their choral virtuosity and irresistible British charm, "these six singers can do almost anything a full-sized chorus can do, with a degree of perfection that drops the jaw and delights the ear." (The Seattle Times)
Philadelphia Debut // Philadelphia Premieres // Annenberg Center Debut. Tap, jazz and swing combine in the radiant choreography of Caleb Teicher, "one of the brightest lights in tap today." (The New Yorker) A founding member of Dorrance Dance and a recent Dance Magazine "Best Emerging Choreographer," Teicher's signature style of musicality, humor and warmth will shine in Meet Ella, a swing duet set to Ella Fitzgerald, and Variations, a tap piece set to Bach's timeless Goldberg Variations. Don't miss the Philadelphia debut of Caleb Teicher & Company! Friday, December 14 @ 8 PM Saturday, December 15 @ 2 PM Saturday, December 15 @ 8 PM