January 9 – 11

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra unites with local churches to celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join the Symphony’s Woodwind Quintet, hosted by Symphony Board President Dr. Marvin Curtis, alongside a community choir directed by Turrell O’Neal for a series of three events celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Tuesday, January 9  //  7 p.m.
Covenant Community Church
3025 E. Edison Rd.
South Bend, Indiana 46615

Wednesday, January 10  //  7 p.m.
St. Augustine Catholic Parish
1501 W. Washington Street
South Bend, Indiana 46619

Thursday, January 11  //  7 p.m.
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church
1620 S. St. Joseph St.
South Bend, Indiana 46613

Free and Open to the Public!



Pastor’s Welcome

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at The New School – February 6, 1964 –

Valerie Coleman

Afro-Cuban Concerto

I. Afro

II. Vocalise

South Bend Symphony Woodwind Quintet

– Dr. King at The New School, 1964 continued –

William Grant Still (arr. Lesnick)


Florence Price


William Grant Still

Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land

Valerie Coleman

Afro-Cuban Concerto

III. Danza

South Bend Symphony Woodwind Quintet

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech – December 10, 1964 –

Vincent Bonahan & SOV

“Any Day Now”

Ricky Dillard

“My All”

The Greater Harvest Sanctuary Choir

“Help Me Lift Jesus”

Celebration for a King Community Choir

– Dr. King Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech Continued –

J. Rosamond & James Weldon Johnson, arr. Curtis

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Choir and South Bend Symphony Woodwind Quintet

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lift every voice and sing

Till earth and heaven ring,

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise

High as the listening skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark

past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the

present has brought us,

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,

Bitter the chastening rod,

Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;

Yet with a steady beat,

Have not our weary feet

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with

tears have been watered.

We have come, treading our path

through the blood of the slaughtered,

Out from the gloomy past,

Till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,

God of our silent tears,

Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;

Thou who has by Thy might,

Led us into the light,

Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places,

Our God, where we met Thee;

Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of

the world, we forget Thee;

Shadowed beneath Thy hand, May we forever stand.

True to our GOD, True to our native land.


Dr. Marvin V. Curtis, Turrell O’Neal, and Steven Stamer, curators

Turrell O’Neal

Choir Director

Justus Zimmerman

South Bend Symphony Orchestra

South Bend Symphony Woodwind Quintet

Leslie Short, flute

Jennet Ingle, oboe

Elizandro Garcia Montoya, clarinet

Anna Mayne, horn

Steve Ingle, bassoon


The National Endowment for the Arts, the African American Fund at the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka support the series.