Over the course of his 30-year career, percussionist and 2000 Pew Fellow Pablo Batista has performed, recorded, and toured with a range of leading jazz, R&B, Latin, pop, and gospel artists including Bono, George Howard, Alicia Keyes, Gerald Levert, Jeffrey Osborne, Eddie Palmieri, Teddy Pendergrass, Diane Reeves, Grover Washington, Jr., Musiq, Manny Oquendo’s Conjunto Libre, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Most recently, he has been performing with his ensemble, the Mambo Syndicate. A graduate of Temple University who began studying hand drums with master percussionist Miguel Candia at the age of 9, Batista has been teaching percussion for the Latin American Musicians Association in Philadelphia for over 15 years. Batista has been a Latin Percussion brand endorser and clinician since 1985. In 2015, Batista received a Center Project grant for El Viaje (The Journey), a performance work blending traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and contemporary Western instrumentation with Afro-Caribbean choreography.
Performance art, pop-up storybook design techniques, and a cinematic score will combine in a visual theater work for children and adults devised and performed by Phillips, in collaboration with visual artist Steven Dufala and composer Juan Gabriel Turbay.
Joshua Mosley is a visual artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.
One of three contemporary music ensembles in the United States that can scale up to a full chamber orchestra, Orchestra 2001 has presented over 80 world premieres.
Ally is a performance-as-exhibition, conceived by MacArthur Fellow Janine Antoni in collaboration with pioneering choreographer Anna Halprin and contemporary dance artist Stephen Petronio.
Caden Manson is a theater artist and a 2002 Pew Fellow.
Licia Perea is the artistic director of Danzantes and has been awarded two choreographer’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
David Herskovits is the founder and artistic director of Target Margin Theater.
The second article in the American Impresario series features Harrington, founder and artistic director of the Kronos Quartet. Through almost four decades of work, Harrington has had a major impact on contemporary music.
Sarah Wilke became managing director of Seattle’s On the Boards at the start of its 2004–05 season. She is responsible for day-to-day and long-term strategic management.
In 2017, the Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, with a lively website and short film highlighting a quarter-century of steadfast belief in the value and impact of artists.
Musicopia brings music education into schools throughout the Philadelphia region, with over 100 teaching artists presenting over 700 programs each year.
Julia Wolfe explains how she transformed the historical nuggets of her research into a 45-minute live performance by the 140-voice Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.