Penn Live Arts Blog / October 2023

5 Questions with Ulysses Owens Jr.

Posted October 23, 2023

Grammy® Award-winning jazz trailblazer Ulysses Owens Jr. returns to our stage on Oct 29 with his high-octane big band, following his incredible Philadelphia debut performance last season. “A fiery and creative drummer,” (DownBeat) Owens connected with us for today’s 5 Questions feature, sharing insight into the guiding forces that propelled his career and current work. Read more...

Toll the Bell

Posted October 12, 2023

When we curate each annual season, we balance a range of ideas, objectives, and program goals, including our ongoing commitment to artists that address topical issues of our time. Programs at the Annenberg Center have always dealt with pressing issues of the day, whether it be through August Wilson’s plays, campus-wide artist residencies, or commissions of new work such as the 2017 world premiere of A Period of Animate Existence. Our aim each year is to provide audiences with a range of performances that delight, entertain, challenge, and inspire, and we know that so many of our artists are telling important stories that help us, as the audience, reflect and consider our world differently. Read more...

5 Questions with David T. Little

Posted October 4, 2023

“One of the most imaginative young composers,” (The New Yorker) David T. Little is known for his “knack for overturning musical conventions.” (The New York Times) His theatrical choral work, SIN-EATER, a Penn Live Arts co-commission, will see its world premiere on Oct 14-15, performed by Philadelphia’s Grammy® Award-winning new music choir, The Crossing, and the Bergamot Quartet. Little is also featured as part of our ListenHear series, showcasing significant contemporary musical voices. In today’s 5 Questions feature, we get to learn how early music memories and a wide breadth of influences have influenced Little’s work. Enjoy! Read more...