The Music School of Delaware will honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday with a multi-genre artistic celebration at the Concert Hall of its Wilmington Branch on Friday, Jan. 15th at 7:00 pm — the date of King’s actual birthday. Proceeds benefit the Music School’s Jacqueline Beach Faulcon Scholarship Fund.
The Music School’s faculty and guest artists will celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and honor the lives and contributions of other famous African Americans. This year’s program features William Grant Still’s Panamanian Dances, Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rumba, and the hit song, Run, Joe, originally made famous by Louis Jordan and Maya Angelou. This year, the Music School’s artists recreate the Benny Goodman Sextet of the late 1930s, in a 100th birthday celebration of legendary jazz guitarist, Charlie Christian.
The MLK & Black History Tribute Concert will include excerpts from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and will also feature an innovative work known as The Chaconne Emancipated, comprised of J.S Bach’s Chaconne, interspersed with traditional spirituals, text from Abraham Lincoln’s “Emancipation Proclamation.” Additional performers include the Music School’s faculty string quartet, Nagoya, as well as one of its newest faculty members, violinist Michael Jamanis, performing with his wife, Amanda Kemp.
“This is always one of my favorite concerts to plan,” notes Music School Cultural Crossroads Coordinator and guitar faculty Chris Braddock, “but this year’s is particularly meaningful for me, because we’ve assembled a jazz sextet to highlight the music of Charlie Christian – considered one of the most elegantly sophisticated guitarists of all time. This year would have been his 100th birthday.
Braddock also notes this will be a true “birthday party,” serving birthday cake in honor of Dr. King. After the concert, all attendees are invited to enjoy a piece of cake in his honor.
All tickets for the Martin Luther King, Jr. & Black History Tribute are $5. Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com, or by phone at 302.762.1132. The Music School of Delaware is located at 4101 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE 19810.
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