“First Breath, Last Sigh: The Journey Called Life”, World Premiere And “Children of the Fire”

Ticket Info


Music and Libretto by Hannibal Lokumbe

December 7, 2019, 6:30pm at The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 South 38th Street, 19104

The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral and the Painted Bride Art Center are proud to present

The World Premiere of Hannibal Lokumbe’s “First Breath, Last Sigh: A Journey Called Life” And The Tribute Performance of “Children of the Fire” in honor of Kim Phuc PHAN THI

This performance, created in honor of Kim Phuc PHAN THI, was “composed immediately after viewing a televised news segment of a young Vietnamese girl running naked on a road outside her village. She was in obvious agony from the napalm attack which burned her skin. “Children of The Fire” was my immediate music and human response to that horrific sight.  First Breath Last Sigh: A Journey Called Life” is a composition in three veils, the first of which is dedicated to young Kevon, a superb singer with The great Morgan State University Choir. As is too often the case, he was gunned down in the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. The work is the symbolism of a force used to clear all obstacles which would hinder the return passage of Kevon’s spirit its original source.” Hannibal Lokumbe

Performed with the Play on Philly Symphony Orchestra and CAPA Choir of The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

Registration for this free performance is now at capacity and is CLOSED.

We hope to see you there!


additional programming:

The Girl in the Picture: Remembering Vietnam
December 6, 2019 12pm
The National Constitution Center

On June 8, 1972, the South Vietnamese air force dropped napalm on its own troops and civilians after mistaking them for North Vietnamese forces. Nine-year-old Kim Phúc PHAN THI, who was severely injured, was running from the bombed village when an Associated Press photographer captured her and others in one of the most iconic photographs from the Vietnam War, which later won the Pulitzer Prize. Join Kim Phúc PHAN THI, as she discusses her firsthand experience, and classical composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe for a unique discussion on the Vietnam War and its impact. A special performance by Lokumbe will precede the discussion.


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