“Rehearsing Philadelphia” is a citywide arts spectacle that begins Friday and ends April 10. Musicians, dancers, poets and other artists were paired with people from other professions, including doctors and lawyers. There are many events in the full schedule, so we tasked our detractors with finding a few highlights. Here’s what they recommend.
You are walking through the city and someone asks you a question: would you like to sing? That’s the simple concept behind “Duet,” a series of random musical encounters scheduled for three Saturdays around town. Anyone who answers yes is invited to stop by for an impromptu rehearsal and performance – a duet between two strangers. The instigators of these vocal encounters will be posted March 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Baltimore Ave. 40th to 48th Street; April 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. around Independence National Historical Park; and April 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along the City Hall Promenade at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Newark, New Jersey-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey is a professor of music at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2017 MacArthur Scholar. In 2019, Perle Noire: Meditations for Josephinehis cycle of songs inspired by Josephine Baker, created on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Last year, Sorey teamed up with Philadelphia DJ King Britt to Tyshawn + King, an album of improvised jazz percussion and electronic programming. In Philadelphia Rehearsal Ensemble mode, Sorey will collaborate with students from Drexel University and the Curtis Institute. Free, no RSVP required. April 1, 5-9 p.m. and April 2, 1-5 p.m., Pearlstein Gallery, 3401 Filbert St.
Zoe Keating oscillates freely between classical, rock and electronic music. The Canadian cellist, a member of cello rock band Rasputina in the 2000s, toured with Amanda Palmer. Last year, her atmospheric score for the HBO drama Oslo, written with Jeff Russo, was nominated for an Emmy. In performance, she is known to loop herself to create a symphonic sound from her single instrument. In Philadelphia Rehearsal Ensemble mode, Keating will collaborate with students from Drexel University and the Curtis Institute. Free, no RSVP required. April 8, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., April 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Anthony Tidd is a London-born, Philadelphia and Harlem-based jazz bassist and composer, a longtime member of the extended Roots musical family. He co-wrote songs for the new musical Off-Broadway More black with James Poyser and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter.
Tidd is director of Rehearsing Philadelphia’s Public Orchestra Project, which will close the festival with performances on the Race Street Pier featuring new commissions from Afro-Latina songwriter Xenia Rubinos, the 97-year-old saxophonist and bandleader of Sun Ra Arkestra Marshall Allen with David Middleton, and Philadelphia hip-hop poet Ursula Rucker.
In Rehearsing Philadelphia’s mission statement, Tidd says the public orchestra will include 50 musicians who “represent Philadelphia’s cultural and sonic diversity and challenge Western concepts of what a symphony orchestra can be, look like and sound like.” “.
April 8-9 at 8 p.m. and April 10 at 3 p.m. at Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard. RSVP to RehearsalPhiladelphia.com.
– Dan DeLuca
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Germaine Ingram’s favorite instrument is a pair of tap shoes, tap dancing being both percussion and dance. But it also does almost everything. She’s a choreographer, composer, oral historian — and just for good measure, she’s also a lawyer who studied at Penn and Harvard and the former chief of staff of the Philadelphia School District.
In the world of tap dancing, she has worked with so many big names: Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Brenda Bufalino and her mentor, LaVaughn Robinson.
For Ingram’s solo, The art of repairshe will be paired with Andrea Apter, allergist, professor emeritus at Penn Medicine and flute and piccolo player.
March 25 and March 28 to April 8 (weekdays only) at various locations. RSVP to RehearsalPhiladelphia.com.