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Martin Luther King Jr

January 17, 2011

A King Celebration 2011

On this Martin Luther King Day, our entire show is devoted to a celebration of the life of Dr. King. Music was an important force in the civil rights movement, and important in the personal life of Dr. King as well. We'll hear performances from the annual King Celebration concert in his home town of Atlanta. We'll hear classical musicians talk about what King's legacy means to them. And the great American soprano Jessye Norman sings a traditional spiritual.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Thomas Dorsey
    Precious Lord, Take My Hand
    Mahalia Jackson, singer, the Fall-Jones Ensemble
  • Traditional (Arranged by Clayton Erb and Jubilant Sykes)
    Were You There?
    Jubilant Sykes, baritone, the London Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Joseph Schwantner
    New Morning for the World: Daybreak of Freedom
    Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., narrator, the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor
    Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • Mark O'Connor
    Appalachia Waltz
    Mark O'Connor, violin
    Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland
  • Jessye Norman, soprano, and friends Traditional
    Lord, I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray

hour 2

  • John Rosamond Johnson
    Lift Every Voice and Sing
    The Southern Sons
  • Wynton Marsalis
    Excerpts from Blues Symphony
    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, conductor
    Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Traditional
    We Shall Overcome
    The Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, conductor
    Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Atlanta, Georgia
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