South Bend Symphony Orchestra celebrates MLK Day with a program that spotlights the history and achievements of African American composers, and performers!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Music Director Alastair Willis, Guest Conductor Dr. Marvin Curtis, and many special guests remember the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in this tribute performance.

SOUTH BEND, In. (January 8, 2019) – On Monday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Morris Performing Arts Center, the South Bend Symphony will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a program featuring diverse selections from local composers, such as Dr. Marvin Curtis and Emorja Roberson, and dazzling classical selections.

Sharing the podium with Music Director Alastair Willis is renowned composer and conductor Dr. Marvin Curtis. Dr. Curtis is the Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend as well as the conductor of the South Bend Symphonic Choir, who will also join the SBSO for the performance. The SBSO will also welcome special guest artist Levi Powe, a stunning young cellist and first place Laureate in the Junior Division of the 2018 Sphinx Competition. Mr. Powe is set to perform throughout the South Bend community and will be featured during the concert performing the third movement of Camille Saint-Saën’s Concerto for Cello.

Gospel selections such as Lift Every Voice and City on a Hill accompany Classical favorites such as Ludwig
Van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Samuel Barber’s emotional Adagio for Strings for a celebration
that will honor Dr. King.

This concert is made possible by the generosity of Concert Sponsors: The National Endowment of the Arts, MutualBank, St. Joseph Health System, NIPSCO, The African American Fund of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Tickets are just $10, FREE for students and children, and are on sale at the Morris Box Office, by phone at (574) 235-9190 or online at The Morris Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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