Celebrating Charlie Parker's 100th Birthday
August 28&29, 2020
Please join Ars Nova Workshop, The Woodlands, and the Philadelphia birdwatching community for a socially-distanced performance and bird watching event celebrating the 100th birthday of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker. Parker is one of the great innovators of American music, bringing the world of jazz out of danceable swing and into the harmonically and rhythmically complex music we celebrate. Parker’s nickname was “Yardbird,” or more well-known, simply “Bird.” On the 100th anniversary of Charlie Parker’s birth – August 29, 2020 – it is impossible to imagine the evolution of jazz and modern music in general without the indelible influence of one of the most important Black American figures in history. With the talents of Pew Fellow and West Philadelphian Bobby Zankel and fellow musical greats Sumi Tonooka, Richard Hil, andl Nazir Ebo, Ars Nova will be presenting “Bird Calls” as an early-morning concert on Friday, August 28, and Saturday, August 29.
The Woodlands’ 54-acre undulating landscape is at once an 18th-century English pleasure garden, an active 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern-day green oasis for the communities of West Philadelphia. Special COVID-19 admission guidelines will be in place to ensure a safe environment for all program participants and attendees at The Woodlands.
Should you require accessible entry or seating for this program, please contact The Woodlands at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-386-2181 at your earliest convenience.
Free admission with RSVP
6:00AM – Birdwatching
7:00AM – Concert begins
Lead support for this program is provided by the William Penn Foundation.
Ars Nova Workshop cares about the health and safety of our artists, audience, and staff. Please consult our health and safety protocols before attending this program.