March 15—One Book, One Philadelphia Program: Wissahickon Scenes

March 15, 4:00 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk
One Book, One Philadelphia Program: Wissahickon Scenes
Classical composer and Temple professor Maurice Wright composed Wissahickon Scenes for the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. Based on rare recordings of Lenape songs supplied from the archives of the American Philosophical Society, this work was commissioned as an aural expression of Native American history. In the work, three movements depict three periods in Lenape history — Lenape Dances, for the 18th Century when the Lenape flourished; Trail of Tears, for the exodus of the Lenape; and The Invisible People, suggesting the Lenape situation today. Join Temple University Libraries and the One Book, One Philadelphia program as Wright discusses the process of composing a classical work based on archival records and how he approached Native American history.

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