Gospel Meets Symphony Featuring Marvin Sapp and The Philadelphia Orchestra

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Saturday, 7/19/2014 8:00PM
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Due to the generosity of our sponsors, admission to this very special evening of music under the stars is complimentary and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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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 

Doors: 5:30PM

Showtime: 8:00PM

All Ages


Hosted by 6abc Action News Anchor Rick Williams

André Raphel, Conductor

Rev. Nolan Williams, Jr., Conductor

Barbara Walker, Soprano

Philadelphia Freedom Festival Community Choir

Jay Fluellen, Chorus Master

O.V. Catto Lodge #20



BEETHOVEN: King Stephen Overture, Op. 117

CAINE: The Passion of Octavius Catto*

I. Prologue

II. The Mobs Burn Down Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia (May 17, 1838)

III. We Know No East nor West

IV. The Philadelphia Streetcar Protests (March 1867)

V. Baseball Star of 1868

VI. There Must Come a Change

VII. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments

VIII. Murder (October 10, 1871)

IX. Caroline Le Count's Lament

X. The Martyr Rests

*World Premiere—Commissioned by the Mann Center for the Philadelphia Freedom Festival

TRADITIONAL: A Trilogy of Spirituals

I. "City Called Heaven" (arr. Williams and Bronskill)

II. "Done Made My Vow" (arr. Williams)

III. "Mind Stayed on Freedom" (Woke Up this Morning)* (arr. Williams and Bronskill)

*World Premiere of this arrangement


HALL & DUNN (arr. Hansen): "Glory"

LAY & WRIGHT (arr. Hansen): "I Win" 

NELSON (arr. Hansen): "Thirsty"

DUNN (arr. Hansen): "Rivers Flow"

SAPP & BROWNIE (arr. Hansen): "Never Would Have Made It"

STEFFE (arr. Williams): "Glory, Hallelujah" (The Battle Hymn of the Republic)


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 gospel choir; and O.V. Catto Lodge #20.

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.


Please register in advance for your complimentary tickets. Walk-up tickets will distributed based upon availability at the Mann the evening of the concert. Seating is first-come, first-served. Undercover seating is limited. Preferred seating is available for Members of the Mann. 


There is no re-entry once exiting the facility. 

Picnics are welcome for this performance. 




The Philadelphia Freedom Festival has been supported by: 

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
The Knight Foundation
The Presser Foundation
The Lomax Family Foundation

Pennsylvania Abolition Society

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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