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Originally performed at Lincoln Center in 1992, the AIDS Quilt Songbook is the Classical Music world's response to the AIDS crisis. Contemporary poetry set to music, it is an ever-changing work, with new pieces and new meaning being added with every production. 

 

This very special rendition includes poetry readings from Sonia Sanchez, the first Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement. The production also features 6 songs making their world premiere.

 

VIP ticketholders have the rare opportunity to mingle with the composers and singers in a post-show reception at the soon-to-open Pennsylvania 6 (114 South 12th Street); includes open beer and wine bar and hors d'oeuvres.

 

Co-curated by Gordon Beeferman and Thomas Bagwell, this production of the AIDS Quilt Songbook features 6 new works from composers based out of Philadelphia and New York City:

Andrea Clearfield

Benjamin C.S. Boyle

Michael Djupstrom

Joseph Hallman

Martin Hennessy (NYC)

Gordon Beeferman (NYC)

 

The performers are:

Elizabeth Weigle, soprano

Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano

Michael Slattery, tenor

Randall Scarlata, baritone

Joe Damon Chappel, bass

Thomas Bagwell, piano

Tim Ribchester, piano

 

Proceeds benefit William Way's LGBT Peer Counseling program, a free service available Monday through Friday, 6pm-9pm at 1315 Spruce Street or 215.732.8255.

 

The program is approximately 90 minutes.

 

Supported by Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.