The legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored this Sunday (April 10) at 7pm, rescheduled from January 30,2022. Living the Dream...Singing the Dream tribute concert is set up by The Choral Arts Society of Washington and it will feature the combined gospel choirs of Washington Performing Arts. During the performance, Choral Arts will also present its 2022 Humanitarian Award to visionary and cultural activist, LaTosha Brown.
Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, D.C.
You can purchase tickets HERE.
"As one of our most beloved annual events, we are thrilled to bring Living the Dream...Singing the Dream, the joyful celebration to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., back to the stage with our partner Washington Performing Arts,'' says Choral Arts Executive Director Tad Czyzweski.
"Our founder Norman Scribner conceived the idea for this concert in 1969 after the riots and assassination of Dr. King. It's an honor and privilege to shine a light on the impact of Dr. King and celebrate individuals who are keeping his dream alive."
Favorites such as You're the Lifter, My Soul's Been Anchored, Why Do We Sing, and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Nolan Williams' We are the ones to heal our land will be sung by the Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus and Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs. NBC4 News Anchor, Shawn Yancy, will host the program.
This year's honoree, LaTosha Brown, has shown incredible leadership through her dedication to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brown is a nationally recognized, "go-to" expert in Black Voting Rights and Voter Suppression, Black Women's Empowerment, and Philanthropy. She is the Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute and has worked in 23 different countries including Kenya, Guyana and Brazil. Her next mission involves resourcing and empowering women across the diaspora.
"Dr. King's legacy has long inspired this collaboration and indeed the mission and vision of the Washington Performing Arts's Gospel Music Choirs," says President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts Jenny Bilfield. "The collaboration between artistic and music directors, performers, and organizations speaks to the commitment to a shared community and collective effort. We look forward to sharing a great evening of music, tribute, remembrance, and celebration alongside each other."
Come Thou Almighty King Timothy Wright
I Opened My Mouth to the Lord A. Lela Anderson
You're the Lifter Derrick Hall
My Soul's Been Anchored Arr. Moses Hogan
Onaga Tim Godfrey
Why Do We Sing Gail Jones Murphy
Stand Up for What's Right B. E. Boykin
Didn't It Rain? Arr. Donald E. Dillard
We are the ones to heal our land. Nolan Williams*
Work While it's a Day Ralph Herndon
*World premiere co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and the Choral Arts Society of Washington
Visit https://choralarts.org/living-the-dream-singing-the-dream/ for more information.