Performance | Seth Parker Woods, Difficult Grace

Thursday, April 11, 2024 7pm

Penn Live Arts Zellerbach Theater  
3680 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Seth Parker Woods presents ‘Difficult Grace’ –Photo by Bailey Holiver

A cellist of power and grace

The Guardian

a cellist of prodigious technical gifts and sharp intellect… Woods is an artist rooted in classical music, but whose cello is a vehicle that takes him, and his concertgoers, on wide-ranging journeys.

The New York Times

Difficult Grace is a multimedia concert tour de force exploring identity, history, and personal growth featuring Grammy-nominated cellist Seth Parker Woods and dancer Roderick George. The performance draws inspiration from the Great Migration, immigration, and the poetry of Kemi Alabi and Dudley Randall. Seth Parker Woods takes on multiple roles in the performance, which seamlessly blends artistic genres across music, film, spoken text, dance, and visual arts (featuring artwork by Jacob Lawrence, Barbara Earl Thomas, Zoë McLean, and Freida Abtan). The performance features music written for and with Seth by Freida Abtan, Monty Adkins, Fredrick Gifford, Nathalie Joachim, Ted Hearne, and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay.

Difficult Grace is presented in conjunction with Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body on view at the Arthur Ross Gallery from February 17 – May 21, 2024. Zellerbach Theater is located at 3680 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Difficult Grace has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.