School District of Philadelphia

April 08, 2022



440 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Fri March 25 + Mon March 28 - Fri April 8, 2022 (Week Days Only)

Duration: 20 mins

Ticket Info

Due to the limited number of audience, registration is necessary for this module. Please only register if you are able to attend. Admission is free.

School District of Philadelphia

Masks and photo ID required for entry.  Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete security and metal detector screening.

Masks and proof of vaccination required at box office. Performance involves walking and may involve navigating stairs.  It begins promptly as scheduled and lasts approximately 15 minutes.  No late entry.   Please email us if you require accommodations:

When it comes to schooling

A Solo by Fred Schmidt-Arenales with Frank Machos

This solo explores concepts of authority, discipline, and conditioning within The School District of Philadelphia. The piece will incorporate short phrases of spoken language sourced from interviews on these topics with school district students. These phrases provide the raw material for a back track that the soloist (Frank Machos, Executive Director, Office of The Arts & Creative Learning) will play along with on saxophone. The performance will also incorporate pedagogical elements from Frank’s experience as a music teacher, and engage questions of standardization and tradition in arts pedagogy.

Composition by: Jacob Brunner
Voiced by: Maia Chao, Hal Cosentino, Alex Stein, Akeema-Zane
Special Thanks: Zion Brooks, Willem Cousineau, Alfred Henderson Safier, Ida Jane Henderson Safier, Eleanor Rigby, Ingeborg Rigby, Jonah Rigby


This module, SOLO, has previously been realized by Ari Benjamin Meyers in Hong Kong and Moscow. The Philadelphia version, created in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic explores the individual's sense of isolation and powerlessness in the face of various underlying power structures in our society that visibly or invisibly determine our daily lives. Five locations in Philadelphia were selected, each representing a place of decision making, for which five international artists were asked to create a solo work to be performed by one of the location’s employees, responding to urgent questions of accessibility to knowledge, health, security, justice and power. The solos are performed by the employee during their regular working hours on site., The  work is conceived as an intimate experience; only a small number of audience members at a time can get a glimpse of these otherwise unseen areas.

With Solo Performances by:

Ei Arakawa with Officer Stephanie Velazquez at Philadelphia Police Department Headquarters

Fred Schmidt-Arenales with Frank Machos at School District of Philadelphia

Germaine Ingram with Dr. Andrea Apter at Penn Medicine

CA Conrad with Jonathan Stein at Community Legal Services

Yolanda Wisher with Reverend Naomi Washington-Leapheart at City Hall

Zoë Keating w/ Ensemble