Monday, January 17, 2011

#107: Martin Luther King Day Celebration Concert

Maybe you've already celebrated Martin Luther King Day at the Century Century breakfast, the lunchtime march downtown, or the prayer service under the Dome at the Dame.  If you didn't get a day off work or if you've 'celebrated' by sleeping in and running errands, there's still an opportunity for you to commemorate one of our greatest civil rights leaders.

Tonight, there is a celebration concert at IUSB that brings together the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the SB Symphonic Choir,  and the SB Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as the IUSB Chorale and Gospel Choir.  Maestro Tsung Yeh always commands an energetic performance, and I have no doubt that all these bands will pay just tribute to Dr. King.  Appropriately, all the music that will be played is by African-American composers.

A wonderful thing about this concert is that it's free!  All the performers are volunteering their time in honor of King.  You do need a ticket -- call the SB Symphony office at 574.232.6343 -- but just head to IUSB's North Side Hall Auditorium where you will be able to pick it up.  (If you don't have a ticket, but are willing to chance it, I'm sure there will be people around with extras to share...)

Where: North Side Hall Auditorium, IUSB, 1700 Mishawaka Ave.
When: 7:00pm tonight
Cost: Free!

(Pstt...can't make it tonight?  There's another concert, "Lift Every Voice", occuring next month.  On February 26, this show will feature the South Bend Symphonic Choir and the Ebony Chorale from Florida, performing pieces by black composer Adolphus Hailstork, who will be there.  Reserve tickets ($3, adults/free for students and children) at 574-520-4203.)

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