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The Power of a Voice

Posted October 14, 2021

The artists and activists participating in The Power of a Voice, October 15, 2021

The New York Philharmonic and John Jay College of Criminal Justice co-present The Power of a Voice: How Artists and Organizations Speak Up for Justice, exploring how and why artists and institutions use their platforms to draw attention to issues in the criminal justice system. The event, a panel and performance, takes place on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 1:40 p.m. and is being livestreamed on the New York Philharmonic’s Facebook page.

The panel features Philharmonic Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Anthony Davis, and poet / writer Ian Manuel, who at 13 was sentenced to life in prison and was released after 26 years with support from the Equal Justice Initiative; the moderator is arts leader and activist Robyne Walker Murphy.  Their conversation will be followed by a performance by McGill and a poetry reading by Manuel.

The Power of a Voice complements the Philharmonic’s October 20–23 performances of Davis’s You Have the Right To Remain Silent, in which McGill, as soloist, represents the individual at the mercy of the criminal justice system.