Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Updated
1 Dec 2016

mann-center-firebird-2015-17

Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August

mann-center-firebird-2015-16

Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August

mann-center-firebird-2015-13

Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents a diverse range of programming in a beautiful park setting. The organization was awarded Center support for 2014's Philadelphia Freedom Festival, inspired by 19th-century African American civil rights pioneer Octavius Catto, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act's passage. The project's centerpiece was the world premiere of a 20-minute work by noted composer and Pew Fellow Uri Caine, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra, featured soloists, and a mass gospel choir. In 2015, the Mann received Center support for a multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's composition for the 1910 ballet The Firebird, featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and larger-than-life puppets by Janni Younge of South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company.