Martin Luther King Celebration - Buffalo, NY
Date: January 17, 2014
Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Other Choirs
The annual Martin Luther King Celebration Program will be held at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. The celebration is free of charge.
The program is organized by Concerned Citizens Following the Dream and has been running for 34 years. It is the region's largest and longest-running celebration of Martin Luther King and his legacy. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with a mass chorus that includes members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, New Beginnings Choral Ensemble, and several other Western New York choruses. Erin Freeman, music director of the BPChorus, will conduct works ranging from the traditional spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" to "I know that my Redeemer liveth" from Handel's Messiah to "Danse Negre" by Coleridge-Taylor.
The theme of the celebration is "The Man, The Dream, The Legacy." The second half of the program will feature a keynote speech by Mayor Byron Brown, and performances by The Hutchison Technical High School Band, Miss Barbara's School of Dance, and The African American Cultural Center Dancers. The BP Chorus will also perform on this half of the program.
Ten community leaders will be recognized with special Martin Luther King awards. Students from area schools will be volunteering during the event, and will also be recognized with Martin Luther King certificates.