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Barnes/Stokowski Festival 10/18 Final Concert: “At First Light”

  • Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral 23 S 38th St Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA (map)

SoundLAB performs Benjamin, Knussen, Thomas, and Three American Premieres

New contemporary music ensemble SoundLAB is led by Music Director Robert Whalen and Artistic Director Katherine Skovira, whose “diabolical enthusiasm…left me nearly begging for mercy...the artistic equivalent of NASA's New Horizons.” (Philadelphia Inquirer). SoundLAB’s final appearance in the Barnes-Stokowski Festival is this virtuosic program of contemporary masterpieces, including 6 Philadelphia premieres and 3 American premieres, with works by Oliver Knussen (1952-2018), George Benjamin, and Composer-in-Residence Augusta Read Thomas. The program features performances of Thomas's Prayer and Celebration and Plea for Peace alongside the works of French composer Michèle Reverdy, Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki and Brazilian composer Michelle Agnes Magalhaes, whose gripping voices will reach a new Philadelphia audience in their American premieres.

This concert is FREE and open to the public, but online RSVPs at are encouraged.

Directions: For detailed directions and public transit options, please visit the Cathedral website.

Parking Information:

Convenient parking is available at a variety of garage and street parking locations:

  • Penn Presbyterian Hospital: 51 N 39th Street, 19104. Convenient parking is available in this garage, located at 38th and Filbert streets, or on the open lot at 3910 Filbert Street.

  • UPenn Parking Garage: Walnut 38: 119 S 38th Street at 38th and Walnut. Please visit the website for details.

  • Ample street parking is available using the area’s kiosks. Map to the Cathedral at 23 S 38th St, 19104.