Grants

Color Theory

1/2: The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.
2/2: The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.

The PRISM Quartet creates and performs music that places the saxophone in unexpected contexts, charting fresh musical territory that challenges audiences. For Color Theory, PRISM will commission new works by Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey and Berlin prize recipient Ken Ueno, which will pair the saxophone with a wide range of percussion instruments, in order to investigate the concept of “musical color.” PRISM will partner with PARTCH, an ensemble devoted to American composer and musical instrument builder Harry Partch (1901–74), and Brooklyn-based ensemble Sō Percussion, for Color Theory concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts will be broadcast live on WWFM and a follow-up audio recording will be available on Innova Records. The project will also include panel discussions that examine color theory across disciplines; a Harry Partch lecture and instrument-making workshop; a composer symposium at the Curtis Institute of Music; and family workshops at the Free Library.

The third article in the American Impresario series features Wein, pianist, founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and many others.

Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the greater Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts.

People

As the artistic consultant to the Roundabout Theatre Company and as a Tony Award-winning producer, Robyn Goodman is widely recognized for discovering and supporting influential artists early in their careers.

Midway Avenue is a solo performance that uses personal reminiscences and universal yearnings to explore the relationship between memory and self.

WXPN’s yearlong project will explore the origins and evolution of zydeco, a form of African-American roots music that blends Cajun traditions, blues, and R&B.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presented a commissioned work by American composer and Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey.

The PRISM Quartet presents new works composed and performed by Tim Ries and Miguel Zenón.

Organization

Winner of two ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, the Crossing is a professional contemporary chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally.

People

Charles Cohen (Pew Fellow, 2011) has been characterized as a “special and singular musician” with a highly developed and refined voice.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts recently announced plans for the Philadelphia Freedom Festival to honor early, Philadelphia-based civil rights activist, Octavius Catto.

Deron Albright (Pew Fellow, 2012) has been a filmmaker since 1994, with work spanning documentary, installation, poetic animation, and short- and long-form narrative.

Anne Pasternak, the president and artistic director of Creative Time, joined the organization in 1994 with the goal of presenting some of the most adventurous art in the public realm.

Van Loon and Wilder chronicle their individual remembered experiences during the making of their collaborative dance piece Eulogy for John Kerry.

The Penn Museum experimented with a new visitor-centered method of exhibition planning in order to forge relationships with the region’s African and African-American communities.

The Crossing will commission seven of the world’s foremost composers to create new works, and will be joined in performance by early music ensemble Quicksilver Baroque and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Master improviser, classical conductor, and 10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin is recognized for his extraordinary vocal range and technique.

John Zorn visits Philadelphia for a rare solo organ performance at Girard College Chapel.

Dove encourages artists to dance in unusual places. Why? Out of necessity, he says. During his visit to the Center in 2013, we asked him to elaborate.

People

“The things to me that are the most interesting,” says visual artist and 2007 Pew Fellow Adelaide Paul, “are the things that by their very nature have no answers.”

Matana Roberts is an alto saxophonist working in various mediums of performance, including improvisation, dance, poetry, visual art, and theater.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents a diverse range of programming in a beautiful park setting.

In celebration of their 140th season, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will reconstruct Felix Mendelssohn’s 1841 revision of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, in an American premiere at Girard College Chapel.

Organization

Two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM Quartet has become known as one of the foremost chamber ensembles.

Professional dancers Gabrielle Revlock and Nicole Bindler, creators of The Dance Apocalypse, will lead participants through an all-levels class that includes wild music, hearty laughter, and opportunities to create.

People

Mark Shetabi is a visual artist and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

John Blake, Jr., a jazz violinist and 2010 Pew Fellow, passed away on August 15, 2014.