ONCE: In Memoriam Martin Luther King Jr.," the first major choral and instrumental work created after King's assassination in 1968, will receive its Baltimore premiere at 8 p.m. Saturday as one of two major offerings by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
Thomas Beveridge, music director of the 150-voice McLean (Va.) Choral Society and two other Washington-area choruses, composed the complex "Once" using gospel music, spirituals,
contemporary musical themes and neo-romantic melodies.
Julian Bond, civil rights activist, will narrate, and opera soprano Theresa Hamm will solo in the work scored also for chorus, brass, organ and percussion. Texts by the late Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, the Prayerbook of Jewish Worship and the Catholic requiem mass were used.