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Joanna Pascale + Sister Cities Girlchoir

Sunday, December 9

World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

$27 general admission
$22 student with ID
(prices include service fees)

Jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale and the Sister Cities Girlchoir join together for a program that unabashedly celebrates the talents of women and girls in our community. Pascale will be joined by the 3DIVAS, who are members of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, a 15-piece jazz ensemble comprised entirely of women.

Join us to hear a new choral arrangement based on Pascale’s critically acclaimed show “Language of Flowers,” with unique collaborations between Pascale and the youth of the Girlchoir. Pascale’s 2017 “Floriography” project, originally developed during her jazz residency with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, based on the Victorian-era custom of sending elaborate messages through floral arrangements.

In addition, the show will feature works by female composers and lyricists from the Great American Songbook. It’s an empowering, woman-centered jazz/choral extravaganza.

About the Artists

Joanna Pascale. Lyric is paramount for Philadelphia-based vocalist Joanna Pascale, who insists that she cannot perform a song unless she can connect personally with its lyrics. But once she’s found that connection, there’s no one who can better convey the emotion of those words more directly and intimately than Pascale. A singer of sophisticated taste, profound expressiveness, and raw emotion, Pascale is also a gifted educator who has been a member of the vocal faculty at both Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. She’s been featured on recordings by Jeremy Pelt, Tim Warfield, Orrin Evans, Larry McKenna, the Temple University Jazz Band, and Garry Dial and Dick Oatts. Pascale made her recording debut with 2004’s When Lights Are Low, followed by the 2008 CD Through My Eyes and a 2010 duo recording with pianist Anthony Wonsey. With the 2015 release of Wildflower, she revealed her most personal and diverse collection to date. She received a 2016-2017 jazz residency with the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. Learn more at joannapascale.com. (Photo: Whitney Thomas) Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG) empowers girls by building resilience, leadership, mastery and connection through a comprehensive choral training academy that invests in the unique potential of adolescent girls to enhance their communities. The program is research-based, and although a music program is an uncommon girl empowerment tool, SCG is modeled on the powerful impact that investments in the lives of girls make for a city block, a neighborhood, a city….for the world. SCG is modeled after El Sistema, Venezuela’s monumental music education program that is transforming lives and communities. SCG Founder, Alysia Lee spent a year studying El Sistema and visiting programs in Venezuela and throughout the U.S. through the Sistema Fellowship at the New England Conservatory. Learn more at sistercitiesgirlchoir.org.


We aim to create a welcoming concert experience for all guests. World Cafe Live is ADA accessible, with an elevator and handicap accessible restrooms on all floors. Our concerts are seated events with tables and chairs that can easily be moved/arranged for wheelchairs or mobility devices. ASL interpretation, audio description and/or large print programs may be available upon request; please inquire at least 2 weeks in advance. Although we encourage an atmosphere of quiet listening out of respect for the artists, we understand that some guests may need to vocalize or move. Generally, our concerts do not contain sudden loud noises or flashing lights. We invite guests to bring their aides to events free of charge. Please contact us in advance so that we can accommodate any special needs.


Doors open one hour before showtime. Show is DOWNSTAIRS at World Cafe Live, with table seating and dinner service available. Tickets are for general admission. Tables will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations accepted. Food and drink are sold separately. Tickets are sold through World Cafe Live’s box office and are subject to their ticketing policies and service fees.

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