Play On, Philly! has had a fantastic 2014-2015 season of concerts throughout the region including a particularly special one on hree Men, Three Movements, a musical tribute : T. Through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, this performance culminates our second season of POP Creates which helps our students curate a major performance with their creative ideas. The musical tribute concert was formed in partnership with the Mann Center and the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement. A Philadelphia Inquirer article about the Mann Center features this collaborative event.
Three Men, Three Movements is the inaugural concert event for Liberty: Unplugged!, the Mann's 2015 festival purposed to celebrate the messages and movements of three iconic men: Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela. The focus on these three icons coincides with the convergence of three anniversaries of note: the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island prison.
Play On, Philly! commissioned a work by local composer David Carpenter, “Hallelujahs of the Free,” for speaker and orchestra. The words of Frederick Douglass will be narrated by Douglas Mapp ; Douglass’ writings not only fought for the abolitionist cause of the 19th century, but also speak to the civil rights struggles of today. Play On, Philly! student composers and our composition Teaching Artist, Benjamin Mulholland, will also premiere works they have composed.