For the past two years, Intercultural Journeys (IJ) has been headquartered in Mt. Airy’s Summit Presbyterian Church. We share our space with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia's first multi-ethnic professional orchestra, led by Music Director and Founder Jeri Lynne Johnson.
Intercultural Journeys will be partnering with fellow church tenant Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra to present renowned Jordanian singer and Intercultural Journeys’ collaborator Farah Siraj as part of the first Spirit of Summit Community Day being hosted by the Summit Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 27.
IJ’s upcoming season will include performances with IJ’s Founding Artistic Director and Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar David, erhu virtuoso Jiebing Chen, and world-renowned Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai.
This past season was the organization’s tenth, which ended in April at this year’s Philadelphia International Festival for the Arts (PIFA). From an artistic perspective, the season was one of their most ambitious. It began with a concert as part of Peace Day Philly’s celebration in September and included their first Carnegie Hall appearance in November 2012. This was followed by a triumphant collaboration concert at William Penn Charter School with Tony and Emmy-Award winning performer, Mandy Patinkin, in March of 2013. Intercultural Journeys continued its collaborative efforts with the Arabic, African-American, Asian, and Latino communities and artists with performances including Charlotte Blake Alston, John Blake, Jr, Jiebing Chen, Ricardo Morales, Rolando Morales-Matos, and the Dalí String Quartet.
Founded in 2007, the the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra’s mission is to take the audience beyond spectatorship to participation in the artistic experience. The BPCO is the first world-class professional orchestra to reflect the cultural diversity of the Delaware Valley region.
The BPCO's concert programming connects countries, cultures and communities in exciting ways. Through creative use of technology, groundbreaking educational programs, and collaborative partnerships with the city's most prominent education and cultural institutions, the BPCO is attracting newcomers and enchanting classical music aficionados alike. The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra is proving that when the arts deeply engage a community, that community will enthusiastically participate in the arts.
In October, both organizations will be participating in the first Spirit of Summit Community Day being hosted by the Summit Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 27, from noon to 5:00pm. For more information, go to the church’s website.