The audience members reached through Nolan’s/NEWorks Productions’ collaborative programming with a range of artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions.
(PICTURED: Firebird: Reimagined, World Orchestral Premiere feat. The Philadelphia Orchestra, 2017, Photo Credit: Jordan August)
The number of viral video views of Nolan’s inspirational song, Take It To the Lord in Prayer, as performed by the Aeolians of Oakwood University.
This song has become a church choir anthem, performed and recorded by many choirs. Most recently, an inspiring video of the Ugandan Imani Milele Children singing it has gone viral.
The number of African American Heritage Hymnals sold since publication in 2001. Lauded by musicologist Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker as "probably the most important addition to Protestant hymnody within the past century," Nolan is the Chief Music Editor of this landmark bestseller published by GIA Publications (Chicago).
The number of reaches garnered by the #ByGrace campaign launched to build grassroots support for Nolan's new musical, GRACE. The campaign has included:
The units sold of Nolan’s 21-track debut CD, inSpiration (2006, 2008). This debut project featured the hit songs, Take It to the Lord in Prayer and We Bless Your Name.
The year Nolan founded NEWorks Productions, one of the nation’s premier producers of cultural festivals, theatrical productions, educational initiatives, concert events, art exhibitions, community forums and other signature projects that leverage the power of music and the arts to educate, commemorate, uplift and inspire.
The number of community choristers who formed a human flag on the Nationals Park field to premiere Nolan’s MLB-commissioned setting of the national anthem for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.
(Photo Credit: Courtesy of NEWorks Productions, 2018)
The number of arts, educational, cultural and professional organizations with whom Nolan has partnered to develop arts and educational programming, including: American Cancer Society, Americans for the Arts, Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Cleveland Play House, Curtis Institute of Music, D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Embassies of France, India, and the People's Republic of South Africa, The Franklin Institute, Fulton County Arts & Culture, Georgetown University, Havana Lyceum Orchestra, Howard University, The Kennedy Center, Major League Baseball, M-NCPPC Prince George's County Department of Parks & Recreation/Arts & Cultural Heritage Division, National Gallery of Art, National Symphony Orchestra, New York University, Norman & Lyn Lear Family Foundation, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Washington National Opera.
[For a full listing, see below.]
(PICTURED: Sacred Sounds, National Symphony Orchestra Concert, Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2010, Photo Credit: Billy Heart, courtesy of NEWorks Productions)
The number of Nolan’s commissioned works, including multiple social justice-themed compositions premiered for “Let Freedom Ring,” the annual Georgetown University/Kennedy Center King holiday celebration (2003-2020), and “Hold Fast To Dreams,” a classical song cycle for orchestra and choir premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra and hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “soaring... lovely... dreamily updraft” (2017).
The number of festivals Nolan has curated in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, D.C. in partnership with the Mann Center, the Kennedy Center, Fulton County Arts & Culture, and other cultural organizations and educational institutions.
The number of special honors and citations:
(Photo Credit: Courtesy of NEWorks Productions)
The age of Nolan when he began playing piano by ear.
(Photo Credit: Michael A. McCoy/For The Washington Post)
Nolan’s career is punctuated by a litany of firsts:
Here's a fuller listing of arts, educational, cultural and professional organizations with whom Nolan has partnered to develop arts and educational programming:
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival, American Cancer Society, American University, Americans for the Arts, Anacostia Community Museum, Andrews University, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Art Sanctuary, ArtsCentric, Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Bread for the City, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (The Clarice), Center for Community Change, Center for the Performing Arts, Cheyney University, Clark Atlanta University, Cleveland Play House, Curtis Institute of Music, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Dartmouth College, Drexel University, The Embassy of France, The Embassy of India, The Embassy of the People's Republic of South Africa, Florida A&M University, The Franklin Institute, The Free Library of Philadelphia, Fulton County Arts & Culture, Georgetown University, Goodwill, The Grand Boulé, Havana Lyceum Orchestra, The Historic Lincoln Theatre, Howard University, The Integral Group, Ithaca College, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, March On Washington Film Festival, Major League Baseball (MLB), M-NCPPC Prince George's County Department of Parks & Recreation/Arts & Cultural Heritage Division, Moore College of Art & Design, National Gallery of Art, The National Memorial Project Foundation (MLK), National Symphony Orchestra, National Theatre, New York University, Norman and Lyn Lear Family Foundation, Oberlin College, Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Prince George's Arts and Humanities Commission, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, Step Afrika!, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Temple University, THEARC, University of Maryland-College Park, University of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, U.S. Army, U.S. Conference on AIDS, The U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Egypt, Virginia University of Lynchburg, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Walls Communications, Washington National Opera, Washington Performing Arts, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and White House Historical Association. For more information, visit neworksproductions.com.