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What Does Democracy Sound Like?

October 09, 2017

There was no better day to capture the sounds of democracy in action than on Constitution Day 2017, the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Composer Tod Machover visited the National Constitution Center to explore the spirit of the city through this exciting celebration. 

The visit will inspire and become part of Machover’s crowd-sourced symphony, Philadelphia Voices, which will be given its world premiere in Verizon Hall this spring with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and a choir of community voices from throughout the city.

From a rousing reading of the Preamble of the Constitution to a moving naturalization ceremony, Machover was enveloped in the sounds of freedom and the words of our Founding Fathers. Enjoy this video about his experience:


You, too, can be part of Philadelphia Voices! Download the Philadelphia Voices app and record a sound, words, song, or anything that represents Philadelphia to you. 

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Be sure to join us April 5-7 for this sonic portrait of Philadelphia! Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

These performances are made possible in part by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.