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A Tribute Concert Fit for a King

January 02, 2018

For the 28th year, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform its annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert on Monday, January 15, at 1:30 PM at Girard College Chapel. The concert, sponsored by PECO, is the culminating event of Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the country. First presented in 1991, the Tribute Concert reflects the beliefs and convictions of the famed civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and combines the traditions of African-American culture and Western classical music. The concert pays tribute to Dr. King’s vision of a society free of prejudice and racial divisions and his belief in the power of music to effect change.

Photo: Jeff Fusco

“It is a tremendous honor for The Philadelphia Orchestra to provide the soundtrack that closes out an incredible day of community service that so perfectly embodies the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Philadelphia Orchestra Director of Collaborative Learning Dr. Michael Albaugh. “This opportunity to pay tribute to Dr. King, who fought to bring people of all backgrounds together as one community, is of paramount importance to our global society today and to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s mission to unite people through the power of music. We look forward to this event each year as an important component of our HEAR initiative, which brings art into our communities and makes music and arts education accessible to all people.”

The 90-minute program, led by Thomas Wilkins, will feature uplifting works including Barber’s Adagio for Strings performed to a recitation of excerpts from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by speaker Charlotte Blake Alston; Ellington’s "King of the Magi" from the Suite from The Three Black Kings; Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing”; and a work by Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Hannibal, “Hymn for the World.”

Free tickets become available at philorch.org on January 9 at noon. Seating is first-come, first-served general admission (doors open at 1 PM). Can’t make it in person? Experience the uniting power of music from anywhere! WRTI will broadcast the concert LIVE from Girard College. Listen at 90.1 FM or wrti.org.