A Musical Tribute to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

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Conductor: Steven Smith

Date/Time   Location
Saturday  Apr. 13   8:00 PM     Carpenter Theatre

Please note: THIS CONCERT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. Please visit our online calendar to preview other upcoming Richmond Symphony events!

Please note this concert is currently sold out. Tune in to the concert on April 25 at 9pm on WCVE 88.9 FM and PBS Channel 23.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission of the Virginia General Assembly and the Richmond Symphony will present a public concert on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The concert is one of the signature events of the Commonwealth’s celebration of the sesquicentennial.

Led by the Richmond Symphony’s Music Director Steven Smith, the choral and orchestral production will tell the story of emancipation in historical context, feature national and state luminaries, with music written during and after the Civil War period by nationally-acclaimed Virginia composers and artists, reflecting the turbulent times in the nation’s history, illuminating the perseverance of the human spirit, and celebrating freedom and liberation. 

A highlight of the performance will be a 200-strong massed choir, assembled especially for the occasion from college and university choral groups across the Commonwealth, supplemented by members of Richmond’s One Voice Chorus and members of the Richmond Symphony Chorus. Participating choral groups include: Bridgewater College, College of William & Mary, George Mason University, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, Hollins University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Mary Baldwin College, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Randolph-Macon College, Regent University, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, Union Presbyterian Seminary, University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Union University.

Also appearing in the program will be performers from Richmond’s Elegba Folklore Society and a guest narrator, of national eminence, to present Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait with the orchestra. Visual and language arts contributions by Virginia’s school children will be exhibited.

The concert will be recorded for subsequent broadcast by WCVE television and radio on April 25 at 9:00pm.

Underwriting for the event has been generously provided by Dominion Resources, with additional support from Altria, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bon Secours, MeadWestvaco, Norfolk Southern, the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation and personal contributions by members and staff of the General Assembly.

Members of the public and students from across the Commonwealth are warmly invited to join members of the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia for this special, free concert performance.


Please note this concert is currently sold out. Tune in to the concert on April 25 at 9pm on WCVE 88.9 FM and PBS Channel 23.




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