Photos courtesy Reading Terminal Market. Ann Mintz is the manager of development and special projects for Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, a winner of Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia to curate a performing arts series at the popular shopping venue. A white-haired woman watches a group of salsa dancers, moving to the music. One of the dancers approaches her with an outstretched hand. She joins him on a dance floor that has been improvised by clearing a dozen tables and chairs from the middle of a busy public market. At the end of the dance, she smiles at me. “Nothing like this ever happens in North Dakota,” she says. “This will be my favorite memory of Philadelphia.”
PSALMS Gospel Quintet sings at the Reading Terminal Market. April marks the first anniversary of the enhanced performance series at Reading Terminal Market made possible by the Knight Arts Challenge. A total of 31 performances took place at the Market during this year. They included popup performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra‘s string section, a 50-voice children’s choir, and the Freedom Band, an LGBT brass ensemble. A wide range of music and dance was featured, from classic jazz to a Latin-flavored string quartet, Mexican folk dance to classic American tap. All the artists are Philadelphia-based or have strong Philadelphia connections.