Join us on Monday, January 16th 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 FM, stream the concert at WRTI.org, or listen on WRTI's mobile App! Gregg Whiteside is your host.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the 90-minute concert—a tradition since 1991—which features double bassist Xavier Foley, first-prize winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition and 2014 Astral National Auditions winner; he is also someone who has a special Philadelphia connection, as a former student of Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bass Harold Robinson.
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 the Choir of the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.
This concert also marks the first time the impressive Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Girard College Chapel will be included in the performance. Paul Jacobs, the first organist ever to win a Grammy Award, performs Barber’s Toccata festiva, a work composed by Samuel Barber for the inauguration of the organ at the Academy of Music in 1960.
This is the Philadelphia Orchestra's fourth consecutive year of performing at Girard College, the home of Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor
Paul Jacobs, Organ
Xavier Foley, Double Bass
Charlotte Blake Alston, Speaker
Choir of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (Dorina Morrow, Director)
Barber: Toccata festiva, for organ and orchestra
Rota: “Allegro,” from Divertimento concertante, for double bass and orchestra
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Bach: Selections from Magnificat
Traditional: “Signs of the Judgement”
Smallwood: "Total Praise"
Johnson: "Lift Every Voice and Sing"