Darin Atwater's Black Metropolis
TD Pavilion at the Mann
5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA
This concert is free to the public. Registration is required for entry. Seating is general admission and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Darin Atwater's Black Metropolis: Improvisations on Paint Factory
with The Philadelphia Orchestra & Chill Moody
Darin Atwater, composer; Jonathan Taylor Rush, conductor
About the Program
In celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, The Philadelphia Orchestra and West Philadelphia rapper Chill Moody will perform Darin Atwater's Black Metropolis: Improvisations on Paint Factory. This one-of-a-kind composition explores the pillars of hip-hop and Black culture through an architecture of sound. In addition to the great Philadelphia Orchestra, this evening will also feature rappers, DJs, choirs, and visual artists. Join us for this free concert debuting at the TD Pavilion at the Mann on July 19!
Black Metropolis looks at the way in which culture is constructed through music. It creates a musical language connected to the social movements and sonic atmosphere of our time. Interweaving a dramatic narrative - from scenes of modern urban culture to red-as-fire-no-nonsense sermonizing from a prophetic protagonist - the tragic and heroic testify in ecstatic celebration of Black Culture.
The original Paint Factory first premiered in 2007 with Atwater’s Soulful Symphony, a 75-member orchestra predominantly featuring people of color. While many of the themes will remain the same in this newly adapted iteration, Black Metropolis: Improvisations on Paint Factory is an entirely new work in partnership with the Mann’s Artist-in-Residence Chill Moody.
This project is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
About the Artists
Darin Atwater is a critically acclaimed composer, conductor, pianist, producer, entrepreneur, educator, and arts advocate. Twenty years ago, he founded the Soulful Symphony, a Maryland-based symphony orchestra featuring predominantly African American and Latino members. Atwater has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and more. In 2018, Atwater was commissioned by the Mann Center and The Philadelphia Orchestra to compose South Side, Symphonic Dances, an adaptation of West Side Story for the Leonard Bernstein Centennial.
Chill Moody is a hip-hop artist, entrepreneur, and activist based in Philadelphia. He was named 'Best Rapper' by Philadelphia Magazine and is the official Philadelphia Music Ambassador as named by City Council. Chill Moody is the Mann’s first-ever Community Artist-in-Residence. In this role, Moody serves as a guest and contributor to many of the organization’s education programs, sharing his style, creative spirit, and industry experiences directly with Philadelphia’s youth. You can see him throughout the Mann’s 2023 Season in productions such as Black Metropolis: Improvisations on Paint Factory and Downstage @ the Mann, a series also exploring the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
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