with professional orchestra and soloists
Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally shot fifty years ago on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. This was, no doubt, a dark time in our nation's history. Poet, preacher, and prophet, King lived an incredible life and left an extraordinary legacy as the leader of our country's civil rights movement. In this tribute concert, the Chorale will present Kirke Mechem's stirring choral suite Songs of the Slave, along with orchestrated settings of traditional spirituals and gospel music. The concert will draw attention to historical figures such as John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman and to the music and voices of African-American artists William Grant Still, Rosephanye Powell, and Maya Angelou. Including Dana Wilson's powerful musical setting of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963, this concert promises to be one of the most moving in the Chorale's history.