North Carolina Central University celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the 2nd annual MLK concert celebration featuring a collaboration of the University and Alumni Choirs of NCCU and the Durham Symphony this Saturday at 7pm at the Durham Armory.
Sponsored by Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, Durham Downtown Merchants Association, North Carolina Mutual, M. Jo Hendley and Fran Langstaff, the Durham Symphony, University and Alumni Choirs will perform selections from "Eulogy for a Dream,” a work by Maestro William Henry Curry based on the speeches and writings of Dr. King. Richard Banks, assistant professor of music and director of the University Choir, will also conduct. There will be a solo performance by Brandi Hancock and Anthony Wilson, anchor at ABC11-WTVD, will narrate.
Selection highlights for the concert include: "Harriet Tubman," for choir and orchestra, conducted by William; "What a Mighty God," a gospel work, also for choir and orchestra; "Hallelujah" from Handel’s Messiah for choir and orchestra; and "My Soul's Been Anchored," sung a cappella by the choir, conducted by Richard.
NCCU will also host a free MLK Convocation next Thursday, Jan. 19, at 9:45am in the B.N. Duke Auditorium. NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms will deliver the address. After the convocation, a rally will be held at the Shepard House.
Tickets for the concert are $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors, $5 for students and $10 for groups of eight or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 491-6576 or click here.
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