15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert: Take My Hand
Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Ave)
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 7:00pm (5:00pm pre-reception)
Tickets: $15-$75, $125 pre-reception
January 9, 2018/Boston, MA - Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) is proud to present Take My Hand, its 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert at historic Symphony Hall on Monday, January 15 at 7:00pm. For the first time, all of BCC’s thirteen critically-acclaimed youth ensembles will perform together in a powerful evening of music to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy. This year’s concert will continue to explore the racial issues that still exist in our country.
“This year is the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King’s death, and it is an especially poignant time in our country in light of recent events,” said BCC President and Artistic Director Anthony Trecek-King. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to perform, for the first time, at Symphony Hall to spread Dr. King’s message of non-violence, peace, and equality, and to inspire change through this musical program. Even a small action can create a ripple effect of lasting, positive change.”
All BCC singers from ages 7 to 18 are participating in the concert. They will be joined by a newly formed choir of BCC alumni. The program will include selections linking the past to the present and injustice to truth. Pieces include “Strange Fruit,” named “song of the century” by TIME Magazine, and “This Land is Your Land” in an arrangement of Woodie Guthrie’s incisive commentary that culminated in a TEDx presentation by BCC in 2014.
The Boston Children’s Chorus is celebrating its 15th year of harnessing the power of music to unite Boston’s diverse communities and inspire social change. The 15th Anniversary Honorary Committee is chaired by Governor Deval Patrick, Mrs. Diane Patrick, Pamela Adams, and Robert Adams. Members of the Committee include Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Chief of Arts for City of Boston Julie Burros, City Year co-founder Alan Khazei, and NewProfit founder Vanessa Kirsch.
Tickets to the concert are $15 to $75 and can be purchased through Symphony Hall. For further information, please call SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200 or visit BostonChildrensChorus.org.
For media access to the event (including interview requests), please contact Ashley Mac at email@example.com or 617-245-6042/949-422-9858.
COMMITTEE AND SPONSORS
The 15TH Anniversary Honorary Committee is chaired by Governor Deval Patrick, Mrs. Diane Patrick, Pamela Adams, and Robert Adams. Members of the Committee include Governor Charlie Baker, Robert and Patricia Rivers, Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Chief of Arts for City of Boston Julie Burros, Jonathan C. Abbott of WGBH, Colette Phillips, Alan Khazei and Vanessa Kirsch, Gerald and Kate Chertavian, Paul English of MLK Boston Memorial, Reverend Liz Walker of MLK Boston Memorial and Roxbury Presbyterian Church, Martha Coakley, Steven and Barbara Grossman, and Jack and Eileen Connors.
Take My Hand Sponsors: Loomis Sayles & Company; Boston Symphony Orchestra; TD Bank; Eastern Bank; ACFEA Tour Consultants; The Boston Foundation; Boston Medical Center; Susan and Digger Donahue; Gregory Lombardi Design; Justice Resource Institute; Massport; Parterre Garden Services; Partners Healthcare; Ron Burton Training Village; Santander Bank; Martha Coakley; Joan and Colin Driver; WBUR; WCRB, and WGBH.
ABOUT DR. ANTHONY TRECEK-KING
Dr. Anthony Trecek-King is the President and Artistic Director of the award-winning Boston Children's Chorus (BCC). Under his direction, the chorus has earned a global reputation as an ensemble of high distinction and, in 2013 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the White House. Trecek-King's performances have been heralded as possessing a "surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression." He has collaborated on performances with Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Simon Halsey, Yo-Yo Ma and Roomful of Teeth and has led BCC in performances at Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Royal Albert Hall in London. He is a frequent guest conductor for All State, Festival and Honor Choirs. In addition to Trecek-King's conducting work, he can be seen on air and online on the WGBH television series “Sing That Thing!” and two TEDx Boston talks. He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University, and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Boston University.
Spark Featuring Andrea Ramsey
Boston University College of Fine Arts
March 3, 2018, 2:00 pm
Coming of Age
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
April 7, 2018, 1:30 pm
Tickets: $12-$36, www.gardnermuseum.org, 617-278-5156
Three Trebles Festival
Princeton, New Jersey
April 15, 2018, Time TBC
Have You Seen Me?
World Premiere Choral/Dance Work
Institute of Contemporary Art
April 27 and 28, 2018, 8:00 pm
Shalin Liu Performance Center
May 12, 2018, 7:00pm
Seeds of Change
May 20, 2018, 2:00 pm
For ticket information, call BCC at 617-778-2242, or visit BostonChildrensChorus.org.
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