Musicians to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Critic's Choice : Classical Music

January 13, 2002|By Tim Smith

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored this week with a program presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture. This 16th annual "Let Freedom Ring" concert will feature several African-American artists, including Annapolis Symphony Orchestra music director Leslie B. Dunner, pianist Terrence Wilson, soprano Detra Battle, baritone Robert Cantrell and the With One Voice Ecumenical Choir.

On its own, the BSO will perform dance episodes from Bernstein's On the Town. Wilson, a young Juilliard grad who received a coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1998, will be the soloist in Ravel's alternately snappy and sensuous piano concerto. The vocal side of the program offers selections from Songs of the Slave, as well as such favorites as Kumbaya and Lift Every Voice and Sing. The evening will close with the traditional group singing of We Shall Overcome.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Cathedral and Preston streets. Tickets are $5. Children 6 to 12 will be admitted free with accompanying adult; children under 6 will not be admitted. Call 410-783-8000.

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