Richmond Symphony’s ‘Remembering 1968: A Tribute to MLK Jr.’ this weekend at Carpenter Theatre
2/2/2018, 7:14 a.m.
Mayor Levar M. Stoney, social entrepreneur Kelli Lemon and radio talk show host Gary Flowers will be guest narrators this weekend at performances of “Remembering 1968: A Tribute to MLK Jr.” by the Richmond Symphony.
The program, part of the Altria Masterworks series, is a reflection on the Civil Rights Movement through inspirational music featuring special guest vocalists and a combined choir from Virginia Union University, Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Norfolk State University, Longwood University and the Richmond Symphony Chorus.
Performances will be held 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, featuring narration by Mayor Stoney, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 4, featuring narration by Ms. Lemon and Mr. Flowers.
Both performances will be held at the Dominion Energy Center’s Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace St. in Downtown.
The concert is a signature event of the Virginia General Assembly’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission and is comprised of compositions honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Among the compositions is “Scenes from the Life of a Martyr,” by the late composer Undine Smith Moore, a professor at Virginia State University.
Her piece was first performed by the Richmond Symphony in April 1982 featuring a combined choir from the same universities that will perform it this weekend, along with guest vocalists Bahati Barton, soprano; Kendall Gladen, mezzo-soprano; Colin Eaton, tenor; and Robert Cantrell, bass-baritone.
Steven Smith, music director of the Richmond Symphony, will conduct, while special guest Terrence Wilson will play the piano.
The Richmond Chapter of The Links Inc., which was a sponsor of the 1982 world premiere of “Scenes from the Life of a Martyr” in partnership with the Richmond Symphony, is a sponsor of this weekend’s performances.
Tickets for adults start at $10, with college students $10 and youths 18 and under free.
Details and tickets: www.richmondsymphony.com or (800) 514-ETIX.