Join us on Monday, January 15th at 1:30 pm for a LIVE broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College's historic chapel, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.
Listen on WRTI 90.1, stream the concert at WRTI.org, or listen on WRTI's mobile App! Gregg Whiteside is your host.
Thomas Wilkins conducts the 90-minute concert—a tradition since 1991.
Speaker Charlotte Blake Alston repeats her stirring rendition of excerpts from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech over Barber’s haunting Adagio for Strings, and two splendid choirs will join the Philadelphia Orchestra , the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts Chorus and the Immaculata University Choir.
TIn this 90-minute program will feature inspiring works including Duke Ellington's "King of the Magi," John Rosamund Johnson's "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and a work by the Philadelphia Orchestra's Music Alive Composer in Residence, Hannibal Lokumbe, "Hymn for the World."
This is the Philadelphia Orchestra's fifth consecutive year of performing at Girard College, the home of Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service.
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Charlotte Blake Alston, Speaker
Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts Chorus
Immaculata University Choir
Boyer: Silver Fanfare
Coleridge-Taylor: "Danse Negre," from African Suite
Traditional: "John the Revelator"
Rutter: "The Lord Is My Shepherd"
Ellington: "King of the Magi," from Suite from The Three Black Kings
Still: Fourth Movement from Symphony No. 1 ("Afro-American")
Hannibal: "Hymn for the World"
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Smallwood: "Total Praise"
Johnson: "Lift Every Voice and Sing"