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The Jeremy Winston Chorale will join the Museum on Friday, May 12, to present a concert inspired by the world of our special exhibition, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, including the world premiere of a new choral work by composer and artistic director Jeremy Winston in honor of the exhibition. Featuring more than 20 Chorale members, the concert will celebrate the inspiring story of free Black Philadelphian James Forten and explore Philadelphia’s rich music history and its global connections. With storytelling and instrumental accompaniment, the concert will include choral works composed by Forten’s famous contemporary, Francis “Frank” Johnson, including “The Grave of a Slave,” which sets poetry by Forten’s daughter, Sarah L. Forten, to music.

Onsite tickets include day-of pre-event access to Black Founders until 6:15 p.m. The concert, which does not include an intermission, will also be livestreamed to Zoom Webinar from 6:30-8 p.m.

This program was made possible by Carole Haas Gravagno and The Pennsylvania Abolition Society.

About The Jeremy Winston Chorale

Jeremy Winston Chorale International

The Jeremy Winston Chorale International was founded in 2012 by prolific musician Jeremy Winston. Comprised of vocal powerhouses and hidden gems from across America, this outstanding ensemble has made an indelible mark in the music community as one of the nation’s foremost ambassadors of professional choral music. A true example of musical exceptionalism, the Chorale is adept at performing all genres of music — including the classics of the masters, the negro spirituals, gospel, and popular music — with commanding accuracy and musicianship.

The Chorale’s inaugural performance at the World Choir Games, the world’s largest choral competition, earned them a gold medal for Best Gospel Choir and silver medals for Mixed Chorus (Classical Music) and Spirituals. Since then, the Chorale has performed innumerable times across the U.S., including for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House in 2012 and 2015. In 2019, The Chorale presented a Black history concert at the home of the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia in Bogota, Colombia, where they were greeted with a warm message from Colombia’s president. Then, in 2015, The Chorale embarked on its first international tour, with dates across Germany, France, and Czech Republic. The tour was received with overwhelming enthusiasm by concertgoers and critics alike.

The Chorale is constantly supporting and amplifying its members’ careers by connecting them with world-class musical organizations, like the award-winning Medellin Symphonic Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Jazz Ensemble, whom the Chorale collaborates with frequently. Additionally, the Chorale sponsors a scholarship for students studying music at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Most recently, in July 2022, the Chorale released its critically-acclaimed debut album Black Church, hailed by many as a masterpiece celebrating the artistic ingenuity and contribution of the American Black Church. It is currently available to stream on all popular platforms. Visit the website for the latest news and information about upcoming performances.

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A father holds his child as they look at the Forten family tree in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.

Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia

February 11 - November 26, 2023
Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia explored the story of James Forten and his descendants as they navigated the American Revolution and cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia to later become leaders in the abolition movement in the lead-up to the Civil War.
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Silhouettes of Francis Johnson and his wife Helen  courtesy of The Met.
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The Music of Francis Johnson: A Soundtrack to Antebellum Black Philadelphia

Learn more about and listen to music written by Black composer and musician Francis Johnson, whose music was popular in the Revolutionary and Antebellum eras.
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