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HearTOGETHER Podcast

The Philadelphia Orchestra / Tori Marchiony

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center Inc. present the HearTOGETHER podcast— a space for heartfelt, engaging, disruptive, conversations with artists, activists, and everyone in between. Hosted by Khadija Mbowe.
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What do you do to survive? For inti figgis-vizueta, making music inside traditional institutions felt like trying to put a square peg into a round hole– painful, and fruitless. So, she eschewed the status quo and focused on embracing the angles that made her unique.

On this episode of the HearTOGETHER podcast, NYC-based composer inti figgis-vizueta speaks with host Tori Marchiony about her early ambitions for a 9-5 in science, the communities and identities that inform her work today, and her hopes and fears for the next generation of music-makers.
Music in this episode was composed by inti figgis-vizueta

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Mixed by Teng Chen
Editorial Council, Noel Dior and Tim German

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What role does empathy play in your life? For Lina González-Granados, it’s a core value for daily living, as well as a musical superpower that’s been instilled in her artistic practice by more than one mentor.

On this episode of the HearTOGETHER Podcast, conductor Lina González-Granados joins host Tori Marchiony for a heartfelt interview about what it took to follow her dreams across the world, her status as a high profile Latina in classical music, and how the pandemic has shifted her priorities. Music in this episode is from The Philadelphia Orchestra, 2021-22 (122nd Season), non-subscription concert #6

  • Lina Gonzalez-Granados, conductor
  • Branford Marsalis, saxophone
    • Dvořák: Serenade in D minor, Op. 44, for winds, cello, and double bass
    • Glazunov: Concerto in E-flat major for Saxophone and String Orchestra, Op. 109 (13')
    • Villa-Lobos: Fantasia, for saxophone and orchestra (14')

Mixed by Teng Chen
Editorial Council, Tim German & Noel Dior

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Reflections on programming, progress, "the American dream," and more!
On January 17th, 2022, as part of The Philadelphia Orchestra's annual day of free community programming in observance of Martin Luther King Jr day, an audience gathered in the Perelman Theater at The Kimmel Center for From Programming to Progress, a live panel discussion with pianist
Michelle Cann, Juilliard ethnomusicology professor Dr. Fredara Hadley, and music directoress of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and CEO of Next Step Associates, Dr. Cassandra Jones, plus a spotlight interview with Andrea Custis (CEO, Urban League Philadelphia). NOTE: In this episode, Dr. Jones laments the last-minute exclusion of Total Praise from the MLK Tribute concert. This omission was the result of COVID-related complications that made the CAPA choir unavailable to perform as planned and not due to a lack of interest. The Philadelphia Orchestra looks forward to including the piece next year.

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Which stories are worth repeating? This question has driven storyteller, narrator, and longtime Philadelphia Orchestra collaborator Charlotte Blake Alston throughout her more than 30-year career.

On this episode of the HearTOGETHER Podcast, American griot Charlotte Blake Alston joins host Tori Marchiony for a candid conversation about her transition from being a teacher to a full-time creative, the pillars of her craft, and her responsibility to honesty as a steward of both African-American and African folktales and lived histories.

MUSIC:

DVORAK, Symphony No.9

The Philadelphia Orchestra

BERNSTEIN, Symphony No.3 (Kaddish)

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Charlotte Blake Alston Speaker

BARBER, Adagio for Strings

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Charlotte Blake Alston Speaker

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