January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Con­tin­u­ing and evolving from an ear­lier tra­di­tion of Black His­tory Month themed con­certs, New World Symphony held its first Dr. Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. Day con­cert on Jan­u­ary 17, 1999. It was a fam­ily con­cert, fea­tur­ing works by a num­ber of African-American com­posers, along with gospel songs and anony­mously com­posed spir­i­tu­als.

Led by guest conductor Charles Floyd, NWS performed works by composers George Walker, Howard A. Roberts, Adolphus Hailstork, Cleve Francis, and Rodney Friend; also British-African composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Guest performers were Miami-based groups the Jubilate ensemble, Cavalier Singers from Coral Gables High School, and youth dance group Children of the Redeemed.

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