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Big Hurrah

“Music is one of the most powerful things in the world.”
—Zak, grade 11, Hill-Freedman World Academy

LiveConnections 10th Anniversary Big Hurrah

Monday, November 12, 2018

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Join us to celebrate 10 years of LiveConnections, with spotlights on our collaborative student album WHAT’S GOING ON (created with Hill-Freedman World Academy), accessibility initiative A SONG EVERYONE CAN SING, and performances by LiveConnections artists and students.

The event includes food & drink, a raffle of exciting packages, and an online auction for a stay at a stunning Italian villa.


Kinan Abou-afach, cello
Kwasi Burgee, percussion
Jay Fluellen, composer
Denice Frohman, poet 
Andrew Lipke, guitar & voice
Shavon Norris, movement artist
Luke Carlos O’Reilly, keyboards
Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver, voice
Joanna Pascale, voice
Josh Robinson, percussion
Alex Shaw, percussion
Ami Yares, guitar & voice
Francois Zayas, percussion
Students from Hill-Freedman World Academy
Students from our “Immigrant Songs” residency
& more

Connector Award

LiveConnections proudly honors Leonard Haas, professional actor, Vice Chair William Penn Foundation, and Trustee of the Wyncote Foundation, with our 4th annual Connector Award at this year’s Big Hurrah. The Connector Award honors someone who shares LiveConnections’ vision for crossing boundaries and who works to build bridges, create collaborations and fuel innovation through the power of connection and relationship. Leonard is a passionate champion of cultural and educational organizations, using the power of the arts, philanthropy and his career in theatre to connect and inspire people across the Philadelphia region. [Read more]

Young Connector Award

For the second year, LiveConnections is presenting our Young Connector Award to a student from one of our programs who demonstrates creativity, leadership and the ability to foster connections among people. This year’s recipient, Zakariyya Allen, is a 12th grader attending Philadelphia public high school Hill-Freedman World Academy. Zakariyya (Zak) takes part in LiveConnections’ songwriting and music production residency. The program, presented in partnership with Hill-Freedman’s music technology teacher Ezechial Thurman, provides unique opportunities for students to work with world-class musicians and release a fully produced CD. (Read More)

$100 advance (must be purchased by November 11)
$125 at the door/day-of

Ticket includes food, non-alcoholic beverages and draft beer/house wine (cash bar for other drinks). General admission seating. No printed tickets are necessary; please check in at the registration table when you arrive. No refunds.

ADVANCE TICKETS SALES HAVE ENDED. Tickets will be available at the door for $125.


All donations to our 10th Anniversary Big Hurrah will support LiveConnections educational and community programs. You may also make a donation in honor of this year’s Connector Awardee Leonard Haas.


Your company can support LiveConnections’ high-impact music-making for underserved communities while also boosting your brand. Packages range from $500-$5000, and include tickets and recognition at the Big Hurrah, employee engagement opportunities at World Cafe Live, and fun perks throughout our 2018-2019 season.


reception with drinks & hors d’oeuvres

program featuring live performances, interactive music-making, the Connector Award & Young Connector Award

dessert & coffee

2018 Host Committee

Hilda Bacon Leslie H. Benoliel & Alex Hamilton Dan Berkowitz & Christine Witkowski Suzanne Biemiller & Rob MacRae Clarke & Barbara Blynn Pauline A. Candaux & Solomon H. Katz Joseph Conyers Kelly Davenport Greg L. DeShields Liz Dow+ Carol Haas Gravagno Roger I. Ideishi Yumi Kendall Youngmoo Kim+ Roger LaMay Helen Leicht+ Kristal Oliver Caroline Buck Rogers Katie & Anthony L. Schaeffer Karyn Scher Ezechial & Tiffany Thurman Ellen Wright & James Fernandes +current or former Connector Award recipient List updated August 2, 2018


Do I need printed tickets?
No printed tickets are necessary. Please check-in at the registration table when you arrive to get your nametag and swag bag.

What kind of food will be served?
There will be butlered appetizers and several themed food stations with a variety of meat and vegetarian options. Plus dessert!

Is there an open bar?
Draft beer, house wine and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the ticket price. A cash bar is available for other drinks.

Are there reserved seats?
$10,000 Season Sponsors will have reserved seats on the mezzanine, but otherwise everything is open seating. Food and drink will be available on the ground floor of Downstairs Live along with theater-style chairs, and any additional mezzanine space will be open for extra seating.

What is the order of the evening?
Doors open at 5:30pm. Food and drink will be available and online auction bidding will be open. At around 6:45pm we will present an exciting 75-minute program featuring LiveConnections artists and students collaborating on a variety of fun and inspiring music. Following the program, dessert and coffee will be served.

Tell me more about the raffle and online auction.
We will be raffling 3 unique packages: Wines of the World, The 3025 Walnut Experience (with opportunities from World Cafe Live, WXPN and LiveConnections) and Philly Arts & Culture (The Bacon Brothers, People’s Light, Annenberg Center, Yards Brewing Company, The Studio and Co-Op). Tickets are $20/each or 3 for $50. Prizes will be drawn during the program.

There’s also an online auction for a 1-week vacation at the stunning Villa Sassella in Italy. Starting bid is $2,500. The auction closes at 8:00pm on Monday, November 12, 2018. Bid now!

What is the suggested attire?
We’re laid-back people, so we suggest “classy casual attire” – whatever you’d wear for a night out on the town. Formal wear not required.

Who will be there?
The guest list includes a cross-section of the people who make up LiveConnections’ community: artists, students and teachers, supporters, business and civic leaders, LiveConnections board and staff, and music-lovers of all sorts.

Who does the event benefit?
All proceeds support the work of LiveConnections: inspiring learning and building community through collaborative music-making. LiveConnections is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN 26-2666641.

Getting Here & Parking

How do I get to World Cafe Live?
World Cafe Live is located on Walnut Street just west of 30th St, 2 blocks away from 30th Street Station and an easy walk for subway or regional rail commuters.

Where can I park?
Metered street parking is available around World Cafe Live on Walnut Street, Lower Walnut Street (also known as Jones Way and only accessible from 31st Street), Chestnut Street and 31st Street. After 5:30pm, the AFSCME parking lot on Lower Walnut Street becomes available for free parking for World Cafe Live guests. In addition, there are lots/garages at Penn Park (31st & Lower Walnut Street), Cira Green (on 30th between Chestnut & Walnut) and the Left Bank (past WCL on Walnut Street). Consult each lot for fees/restrictions.