The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College, January 18
Concert Marks Third Year Orchestra Partners with Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service and Girard College
Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast partner WRTI 90.1 FM will air the concert live
MLK Concert is Presented by PECO
(Philadelphia, December 21, 2015)—The Philadelphia Orchestra partners with Girard College and Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service to present its free annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at the Girard College Chapel on Monday, January 18, 2016, at 1:30 PM. The concert, led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, is timed to coincide with the conclusion of the Day of Service so that volunteers may attend. The concert is free but tickets are required, and will be available on January 6, 2016, at philorch.org. The program will also be broadcast live on WRTI 90.1 FM. The Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert is presented by PECO.
“For decades The Philadelphia Orchestra has gathered to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and commemorate his vision, which continues to inspire millions here in our city, throughout our country, and across the world,” said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “With this special concert, we offer an experience that forges bonds between people of various backgrounds through the joy of music. We are enormously grateful to Global Citizen and Girard College for their roles in bringing this event to life. Finally, our deep appreciation goes to our longtime sponsor PECO, who continues to find new ways to partner with us in the community. Without their support, this concert would not have been possible.”
“The MLK Tribute Concert gives us all a chance to reflect on the state of our global society, and consider how we as a community can work together to make Dr. King’s vision a reality,” said Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “For me, part of this vision is finding unity through the universal language of music. The Orchestra will once again perform a selection from Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People, a powerful and uplifting work that has the ability to bring communities together. Alongside Sphinx Competition winner Adé Williams, a choir from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and our audience, we will find that unity.”
More than 135,000 volunteers across Greater Philadelphia are expected to join together in January under the auspices of Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, turning community concerns into volunteer action, in the largest King Day event in the nation. Last January, some 135,000 people volunteered in approximately 1,800 King Day of Service projects, many of which continue to engage people throughout the year. Global Citizen will announce details of the 2016 Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service at a news conference on January 6, 2016, at 10:30 AM in historic Founder’s Hall at Girard College.
The overarching theme of the 21st annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service is Justice—racial, economic, environmental, and criminal—and the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Newly-inaugurated Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will lead more than 100 volunteers at the Girard College signature project, sorting and packing new and gently used business attire, to be donated through local nonprofit organizations for low income men and women seeking employment.
“I cannot think of a more joyous concluding event to the celebration of Dr. King’s birthday through serving others than having The Philadelphia Orchestra bringing together such a rich and diverse audience from all backgrounds and ages, celebrating his enduring legacy,” said Todd Bernstein, president of Global Citizen and founder and director of the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service.
“The Girard College community looks forward to hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra’s MLK concert in our majestic Chapel for the third consecutive year,” said Clarence D. Armbrister, president of Girard College. “We are proud to open our doors to the audience, open our ears to the music, and open our hearts to the message.”
The concert serves as the finale to the Day of Service, and The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to work with PECO on this event. PECO has proudly supported the Orchestra’s programs and events for more than 15 years. This year’s sponsorship of the concert expands PECO’s support of the Orchestra’s innovative programming and the many Martin Luther King Day of Service activities throughout the region.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the 90-minute concert, which features teenage violinist Adé Williams, Junior Division First Place Laureate of the 2012 Annual Sphinx Competition, a choir from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and speaker Charlotte Blake Alston. Of note, “Work Song,” from Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People will be performed. The Philadelphia Orchestra under Nézet-Séguin premiered Veil One at the Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert in January 2015, and gave the world premiere of the entire work in November 2015.
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Concert, first presented in 1991, reflects the beliefs and convictions of the famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and combines the traditions of African-American culture and Western classical music. The concert pays tribute to Dr. King’s religious beliefs, his vision of a society free of prejudice and racial divisions, and his belief in the power of music to effect change. For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, visit philorch.org.
Girard College is a college preparatory boarding school for students in grades 1 through 12 from families with limited financial resources, each headed by a single parent or guardian. Endowed by the will of Stephen Girard in 1831, Girard College has educated generations of students since it opened in Northeast Philadelphia in 1848. In keeping with its founder’s commitment to life-changing opportunities, all students are awarded full scholarships to attend Girard College.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company’s 2,400 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 508,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2014 PECO delivered 89.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and had an estimated economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in labor income. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer, and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit peco.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert
January 18 at 1:30 PM — Monday afternoon — Girard College Chapel
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Adé Williams Violin
Charlotte Blake Alston Narrator
Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts Choir (Dorina Morrow Director)
Beethoven "Welten singen Dank und Ehre,"from Christ on the Mount of Olives
Grieg Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt
Saint-Saëns Havanaise, for violin and orchestra
Barber Adagio for Strings
Smallwood "Total Praise"
Miller "My Soul Has Been Anchored in the Lord"
Hannibal "Work Song," from One Land, One River, One People
Johnson "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
The concert is free but tickets are required and will be made available on January 6, 2016, at philorch.org. This concert will also be broadcast live on 90.1 FM.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert is presented by PECO.
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