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Octavius Catto Celebrated In Song At The Mann Center

Civil-rights activist Octavius Catto was mudered in 1871 on his way to vote.

You never know where you'll encounter composer Uri Caine- born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia, but now equally well known in jazz and classical circles around the world. But the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns found him rehearsing in yet another musical continent at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Olney.

Brilliantly talented, fiercely intelligent, but often overlooked, Philadelphia civil-rights activist Octavius Catto helped integrate African American society following the Civil War. He was shot to death, at only 32 years old, on his way to vote in 1871. If you haven't heard of him, you will in no uncertain terms when the Philadelphia Freedom Festival Community Choir and The Philadelphia Orchestra unveil Uri Caine's The Passion of Octavius Catto in a free performance at the Mann Center on Saturday, July 19th at 8 pm.