Martin Luther King Concert
LENOX, MA. The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present its annual Martin Luther King Concert with special tribute to Rep. Elijah Cummings at Trinity Church on Sunday, January 19, at 3p.m. Special guests include a return appearance by the Urban Choral Arts Society from Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. King will be remembered in a combined choir performance of Robert Rays Gospel Mass and the choral music of composer Adolphus Hailstork. Members of the Baltimore Choir, several of whom were very well acquainted with the life and work of Rep. Cummings, will give a special tribute through personal testimonies.
The featured work on the program will be Robert Rays Gospel Mass. The work was premiered in 1978 at the University of Illinois. The Mass is Dr. Ray's interpretation of two thousand years of liturgical tradition with the more contemporary music of the African-American Church. Also on the program are works by Adolphus Hailstork, professor of composition at Old Dominion University whose numerous works have been premiered by the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Chicagos leading choral ensemble VocalEssence.
For the third year, the Berkshire Eagle will be sponsoring a Martin Luther King student essay contest. The winners will be present to read their entries.
The Urban Choral Arts Society (www.urbanchoralarts.org) is a combined choir of youth and adults. It is under the direction of Ronald McFadden and is a based at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. The society is dedicated to improving the achievement and esteem of Baltimore area youth through music and cultural arts. Its mission is to build a community of artists, preserve music of the African diaspora, and empower youth with competitive artistic skills for innovation.
Admission is by a suggested contribution of $25 per person. Trinity Church is at 88 Walker Street in Lenox. More information: www.cantilenachoir.org. Phone: 518-791-0185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cantilena Chamber Choir, now in its 16th season, is comprised of 24 dedicated singers of the highest caliber who possess vocal training, excellent sight-reading skills and considerable choral experience. Its accolades include a multi-year Cultural Portfolio grant award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for its annual Martin Luther King program and two Choral Arts New England Alfred Nash Patterson awards for innovative programming.
Trinity Episcopal Church (View)
88 Walker St.
Lenox, MA 01240
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