The Choral Arts Society of Washington and the combined gospel choirs of Washington Performing Arts will co-present the treasured annual Living the Dream…Singing the Dream tribute concert on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 7 p.m., rescheduled to January 30, 2022.
The performance honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while celebrating the power of music, collaboration and the human spirit. The program transcends race, age and gender to unite all who honor Dr. King’s ideals. During the show, Choral Arts will also present its 2022 Humanitarian Award to visionary and cultural activist, LaTosha Brown.
“As one of our most beloved annual events, we are thrilled to bring back Living the Dream…Singing the Dream, the joyful celebration honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., back on stage with our partner Washington Performing Arts,” says Tad Czyzweski, executive director of Choral Arts. “Our founder Norman Scribner conceived the idea for this concert in 1969 after the riots and assassination of Dr. King. It is an honor and a privilege to shine a light on Dr. King’s impact and celebrate the people who keep his dream alive.”
Favorites such as You’re the Lifter, My Soul’s Been Anchored, Why Do We Sing, and the world premiere of a new work commissioned by Nolan Williams’ We are the ones to heal our land will be sung by the Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus and Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs. NBC4 News anchor Shawn Yancy will host the program. This year’s recipient, LaTosha Brown, has shown incredible leadership through her dedication to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Empowerment and Philanthropy. She is a co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund and the Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute and has worked in 23 different countries including Kenya, Guyana and Brazil. Her next mission is to rejuvenate and empower women in the diaspora.
“Dr. King’s legacy has long inspired this collaboration and the mission and vision of the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs,” said Jenny Bilfield, President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts. “The collaboration between artistic and musical directors, performers and organizations demonstrates the commitment to shared community and collective effort. We look forward to sharing a great evening of music, tribute, remembrance and celebration alongside to the side.”
-Ralph Alan Herndon, soloist
-The Choral Arts Society of Washington
-Scott Tucker, Artistic Director
-Washington Performing Arts Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel Choirs
Michele Fowlin & Theodore Thorpe III, artistic directors
Tickets start at $25 and are available for purchase at the Choral Arts Box Office 202.244.3669 or by visiting: https://choralarts.org/living-the-dream-singing-the-dream/
Tickets are also available through Washington Performing Arts at 202.785.9727 and the Kennedy Center Box Office at 202.467.4600.