The Philadelphia Orchestra

Porgy and Bess

FridayAugust 218:00 PM



Marin Alsop, conductor

Soprano: TBA

Tenor: TBA

Baritone: TBA

Bass: TBA

Chorus: Morgan State University Choir


Frank  Escaramuza*

Montgomery  Coincident Dances*

Gershwin  Highlights from Porgy and Bess*



*indicates SPAC Premiere

Program Notes

The program will open with two SPAC premieres by contemporary female composers including Gabriela Frank’s Escaramuza, the second of Frank’s works to be featured this season, and Jessie Montgomery’s Coincident Dances marking the composer’s SPAC debut. Escaramuza signifies “skirmish” in the Spanish language, and is highlighted by asymmetrical rhythms and a relenting energy, while Coincident Dances seeks to capture the soundscape of Montgomery’s native New York City.

An American classic, Porgy and Bess is the story of a disabled beggar, Porgy, who is transformed by his unexpected and improbable love for Bess. To help create his masterpiece, George Gershwin immersed himself in African-American life and culture on Charleston’s Catfish Row, honoring the area’s folk traditions with timeless melodies. Pioneering conductor Marin Alsop leads this tale of oppression, struggle, hope, and love on SPAC’s stage for the first time. Additional soloists will be announced at a later date.

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