Hannibal Lokumbe

An emotionally charged new work commissioned exclusively by The Philadelphia Orchestra, and given its World Premiere last November by the Philadelphians, will be re-broadcast in its entirety on WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, August 7th at 1 pm. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

What’s a spiritatorio? Composer Hannibal Lokumbe coined the term to describe his recent oratorio, which reflects on science, spirituality, and the human condition. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on One Land, One River, One People, for orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists.


Join us on Monday, January 18th at 1:30 pm for a LIVE broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College's historic chapel, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King. Listen on WRTI 90.1 FM or stream the concert at WRTI.org. Gregg Whiteside is your host.

Jazz trumpeter, composer, poet, and community activist Hannibal Lokumbe noticed early in life that music had the power to change people's lives. He took up trumpet, and after college, moved to New York City, where he played with jazz greats Gil Evans, Roy Haynes, and Cecil Taylor, among others.

In Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Orchestra premiere of his "spiritatorio" - One Land, One River, One People, Hannibal is also taking music and conversation into different parts of the community.

The Kimmel Center is the venue for the world premiere of a monumental symphonic gospel work.  Several amassed choirs bring to life an evening-length work by Hannibal Lokumbe, the stubbornly unclassifiable jazz trumpeter and composer.

The new piece is titled, Can You Hear God Crying, the composer's tribute to his great-great grandfather who was born in the Sahara desert, kidnapped in Liberia, sold into slavery in Charleston S.C., but escaped and made his way as a free man to Texas, where Lokumbe was born and still lives.

You don't want to miss what plans to be a wonderful evening on The Bridge - THREE truly special guests: master Trumpeter and epic composer Hannibal Lokumbe visits during the first hour to speak about the world premiere of Can You Hear God Crying? at the Kimmel Center, as well as his participation in a much-anticipated John Coltrane celebration.