LIVE Broadcast: The Philadelphia Orchestra's MLK Jr. Concert on WRTI 90.1: Monday, Jan. 15, 1:30 PM

Jan 14, 2018

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, 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.

The 2014 MLK Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College
Credit Jeff Fusco

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"