Five-time Grammy® Award-winning gospel legends, the Blind Boys of Alabama.
The festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday with a New Orleans-style
second-line procession across the Penn campus, led by the New Breed Brass Band. Featured on Trombone Shorty's 2022
album, Lifted, and winners of New Orleans’“Best Emerging
Artist” award, this young upstart band will bring serious NOLA cred to
their first-ever Philadelphia appearances. Penn Band Slam
follows at 4 p.m. on the Annenberg Center Outdoor Plaza, showcasing some
of the hottest student bands. Then, hear New Breed Brass Band pull out all
the stops in a full performance in the Annenberg Center’s Prince Theatre.
On Saturday, families can take the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour through
the Annenberg Center with Safari, a unique and interactive journey led by
the wildly creative and much-loved performers of Pilobolus. Beloved master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will
captivate audiences of all ages with stories and songs from the African and
African American oral traditions. And it’s also National Dance Day, so
attendees should get ready join in to learn the official routine.
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Lakecia Benjamin, jazz saxophonist and Artistic Advisor of October’s Alice & John: A Coltrane Festival.
Saturday evening, the new season officially begins as the five-time Grammy®
Award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama take the Zellerbach Theatre stage. With a career that
spans 70 years, Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living
legends of gospel music. Don’t miss this long-anticipated Penn Live Arts
All community open house activities are free of charge, however
reservations are requested and required in some cases. Seating is first
come, first served. Blind Boys of Alabama is a paid, ticketed event. Please
visit PennLiveArts.org/openhouse for
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The iconic Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform a world premiere by William Forsythe.
Building on this fun weekend, Penn Live Arts continues the 50th anniversary
celebration throughout the 2022-23 season. Delayed a year due to
the COVID-19 pandemic, this major milestone will be commemorated in a year
of world and Philadelphia premieres, local debuts, commissioned works and
some of the most celebrated artists from around the globe. Penn Live Arts
is known for its renowned dance series, and the 2022-23 season stays true
to tradition with 10 of the world’s greatest companies and most talented
choreographers. Rising star saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin
serves as the Artistic Advisor for
Alice & John: A Coltrane Festival
(October 14-23), exploring the tremendous impact this iconic duo had on
American music. PLA furthers its longstanding commitment to elevating Black
storytelling in two significant residencies: the legendary
Negro Ensemble Company, featuring a one-act play festival and a world premiere theatrical work,
and Philadelphia’s brilliant hip hop choreographer, Rennie Harris. And, a
new series, entitled ListenHear, profiles
important contemporary musical voices. The 2022-23 season offers all this
and much more.
Subscriptions and single tickets, beginning at $29, are available now.
Visit PennLiveArts.org for details.