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We Shall Not Be Moved: Opera on the Mall

Come watch “We Shall Not Be Moved” – an opera that uses hip hop, jazz, and classical music to explore racism and social justice—at Opera on the Mall on Saturday, September 29. If you’d like to meet up with a group from St. Peter’s to watch the opera together, you are welcome to join us! Tickets are free but registration is required. We will also gather for pre- and post-show discussions with special guests at 10 a.m. Sundays, September 23 & 30.

Now in its eighth year, Opera on the Mall has attracted nearly 30,000 opera fans and newcomers to Independence National Historical Park for an evening of opera under the stars. Pack your picnic baskets and blankets for a free, big-screen broadcast of We Shall Not Be Moved. Gates open at 5:30; pre-show at 6 p.m.; and the broadcast starts at 7 p.m. To reserve your ticket, CLICK HERE. Parishioner Dick Ullman has already made a group reservation; if you’d prefer to get a ticket directly from him, you can reach him at [email protected].

A group of people from St. Peter’s will be gathering to attend the opera together. If you’d like to sit with our group, look for Dick & Margaret Ullman at 6 p.m. at the Religious Liberty statue at 5th & Market Streets.

About the opera: Combining spoken word, contemporary dance, classical, R&B, and jazz singing, “We Shall Not Be Moved” tells the story of five North Philadelphia teens on the run. Their confrontation with a local police officer rises from the enduring ashes of the Philadelphia Police Department’s 1985 bombing of the MOVE compound in West Philadelphia. This opera asks “For whom America the Beautiful?” and raises timely questions about national identity, race, gender, the failure for some in the public education system, and personal responsibility.

Pre- and post-show discussions: On the Sundays before and after the show, we will gather to discuss and learn more about the opera. On Sunday, September 23, our speaker will be Michael Bolton, vice president of community initiatives at Opera Philadelphia. Bolton, who oversees the Opera’s student appreciation program and Hip H’opera, will share information about the origin and production of “We Shall Not Be Moved.” On Sunday, September 30, our guest will be Lorene Cary, author and arts activist. Her latest novel, “If Sons, Then Heirs,” is a contemporary story of family, race, and the challenges of reconciling the present with a persistent past.


September 29, 2018


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm




Independence Mall
5th and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States



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