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World Music Series: West Philadelphia Orchestra, USA
June 29, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION | Donations Welcome
West Philadelphia Orchestra’s wall of brass and drums ignites parties, joy and love, celebrating wildness and fierce abandon. Founded in 2006 as a humble village band, the group’s mashup blend of Balkan brass, free jazz and global beats has only deepened with age. Their new album, Tour de Filli, is a culmination of this evolution, as they have transformed a foreign brass tradition into their own. With cutting brass, searing woodwinds and some of the tightest beats around, West Philadelphia Orchestra invites audiences to lose themselves in earthy sounds that shake, break and roll.
This summer, Abington Art Center is partnering with Philadelphia’s Lucky Goat Coffee House to present the first annual World Music Series. World-class performers from Cuba, Columbia, Haiti, Nigeria, and the USA will be performing on our outdoor stage over six Thursday evenings from June 22 – July 27 at 7:00 pm. These culturally unique performances are unlike any in the Philadelphia region. This is the first year of the AAC reimagined concert series, although our program and production team have over 30 years of experience presenting international arts.
The event is open and free to the public, and guests are encouraged to come early and picnic on the lawn. Music has always had the power to bring communities together and cross the boundaries of geography, economics, religion and culture. Pitch and beat connect to the emotions, creating a direct line to the human ability to respond, understand and have compassion. This is what is great – when an audience is transported by sound to greater sense of our potential. This year the party will be at Abington Art Center.