Sibelius, Copland, and a World Premiere! The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, August 7th at 1 PM

Aug 5, 2016

An emotionally charged new work commissioned exclusively by The Philadelphia Orchestra, and given its World Premiere last November by the Philadelphians, will be re-broadcast in its entirety on WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, August 7th at 1 pm. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Hannibal Lokumbe’s One Land, One River, One People uses the river as a metaphor for the symbolic connection between communities, and the people who live in them. It’s essentially an oratorio, featuring chorus, soloists, and text written by the eloquent composer himself, who was in attendance at this performance. 

The Philadelphia Orchestra will be joined by the combined choirs of three historically black universities: Lincoln University, Morgan State University, and Delaware State University, all under the direction of J. Donald Dumpson, and featuring soloists, soprano Laquita Mitchell and tenor Rodrick Dixon.

If community and identity are key themes in One Land, One River, One People, two other well-loved works we’ll hear on today’s program certainly are equally so — Jean Sibelius's Finlandia, and Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work that popularized the Shaker folk song "Simple Gifts."

Read detailed program notes from the concert. During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis will converse backstage with Hannibal. Be sure to join us for this challenging and inspiring program, Sunday, August 7th from 1 to 3 pm.

Sibelius: Finlandia
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Hannibal: One Land, One River, One People
     The Choirs of Delaware State University, Lincoln University, and Morgan State University
     The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and streaming online at, every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.