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  • Date Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Time 3:00 pm
  • Venue Carpenter Theatre
  • Conductor Steven Smith
  • Guest Artists Members of Richmond Symphony Chorus
    University Choruses from across Virginia
  • Mary Watkins Excerpts from Five Movements in Color
  • Jonathan Bailey Holland Equality
  • Beethoven Choral Fantasy
  • Moore Excerpts from Scenes from the Life of a Martyr
  • Series Sponsor Altria
  • Series 2017-18
    Altria Masterworks

1968 was a time of both political and civil unrest. The world was in a state of disarray and turmoil. Martin Luther King Jr. served as a source of hope and light for the masses in a time that seemed hopeless and dark. Remembering 1968: A Tribute to MLK Jr. is comprised of pieces that honor the legacy of a man who was fearless in his charge to fight the injustices of the world. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had the power to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds to march for and believe in the common good. Join us for a concert celebrating unity and peace, and be moved by inspirational words and music!

This program includes compositions by Mary Watkins, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Beethoven, and local legend Undine Smith Moore and features a combined choir with voices from Longwood University, Norfolk State University, the Richmond Symphony Chorus, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, and Virginia Union University. The combined choir includes the same line-up of university choirs as when the Richmond Symphony hosted the world premiere of the Undine Smith Moore piece in 1982. and special guests: Bahati Barton (soprano), Kendall Gladen (mezzo-soprano), Colin Eaton (tenor), and Robert Cantrell (bass-baritone), and Terrence Wilson (piano).

We offer a free pre-concert talk with the Richmond Symphony Music Director, Steven Smith an hour before each concert. These talks provide you with insight into the concert you are about to experience.

Children 18 and under receive free tickets to Altria Masterworks concert (excludes Mezzanine seating, Opening Night, and Special Concerts). Click Buy Tickets to “purchase”..

Hear the tempo so compelling,
hear the blood throb in my veins.
Yes, my drums are beating nightly,
and the rhythms never change.

Equality, and I will be free.
Equality, and I will be free.

— Maya Angelou

Learn more about Steven Smith, conductor
Learn more about Richmond Symphony Chorus
Learn more  about Bahati Barton, soprano
Learn more about Colin Eaton, tenor
Learn more about Terrence Wilson, pianist
Learn more about Kendall Gladen, mezzo-soprano

Program Notes

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