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Our City, Your Orchestra: Harriett's Bookshop

Oct 19, 2020, 7:00 PM

Performance Details

Ohad Bar-David Cello
Ajibola Rivers Cello
Angela Zator Nelson Percussion


Traditional “Motherless Child”
Bach/arr. Rivers Magdalena
Argov “Lech lamidbar”
Rivers Blues, from Suite No. 1
Rivers Rumba, from Suite No. 2

Our second Our City, Your Orchestra performance takes place at Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown, which opened in February 2020, and is named for famed abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman.

Longtime Philadelphia resident Jeannine A. Cook founded Harriett’s to celebrate women authors, artists, and activists. Orchestra musicians Ohad Bar-David (cello) and Angela Zator Nelson (percussion), joined by Ajibola Rivers (cello), perform spirituals and works of cultural significance as well as Rivers’s own compositions and arrangements.

The performance at Harriett’s also features Jas (ERA), a visual artist from Philadelphia who creates a custom painting in response to the music.




Partner locations include the National Marian Anderson Museum, Harriett’s Bookshop, the Historic Belmont Mansion/Underground Railroad Museum, The Franklin Institute, and more. Repertoire is chosen specifically for, and in collaboration with, each location to speak to its unique mission, as well as interviews with leaders at each venue also help to tell their stories.

Other upcoming performance locations include NextFab, Taller Puertorriqueño, the Woodmere Art Museum, and Project HOME with more locations to be announced.


Our City, Your Orchestra is supported in part by the William Penn Foundation, with additional support provided through the PNC Arts Alive initiative, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Presser Foundation.

William Penn Foundation

PNC Arts Alive

National Endowment for the Arts

The Presser Foundation