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"We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

Calendar iconFeb 21, 2020 | 04:00amCredits icon19 creditsLocation iconBerkeley, CA, United States
Composer and pianist Damien Sneed's stirring tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrates a living lineage of African-American music and culture that ranges from gospel, spirituals and classical music to jazz and Broadway. Sneed, who has collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, the Clark Sisters, Aretha Franklin and Jessye Norman, is joined by five singers, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and a live band for a program packed with timeless songs by Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone, as well as traditional spirituals that evoke the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement. The music is interwoven with excerpts of Dr. King's recorded speeches.


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