Here is the Orchestra press release:
Reflect & Rejoice Set For Jan.15
REFLECT & REJOICE CONCERT TO FEATURE ASO
IN MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Reflect & Rejoice: A Community Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 2nd annual concert event collaboration between the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Alys Stephens Center, will bring a wealth of musical talent to the concert stage in celebration of the national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
The event, scheduled for Sunday, January 15, 2006, at 3 p.m. in the Alys Stephens Center’s Jemison Concert Hall, will feature the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Leslie B. Dunner, who is currently celebrating his third season as principal conductor of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Stewart Goodyear, a 25-year-old pianist who has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will join the ASO for the performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The University of Alabama at Birmingham Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Philip Copeland, will also join the orchestra to sing the spiritual moving songs “If I Can Help Somebody” and “Amazing Grace.”
The special program honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King will include:
JOHNSON/arr. Smith Lift Every Voice and Sing
SUPPE Poet and Peasant Overture
ABELS Global Warming
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
HAILSTORK An American Fanfare
LIEBAU If I Can Help Somebody
TRADITIONAL Amazing Grace
ELLINGTON The River
The concert is sponsored by Energen Corporation. Ticket prices for the concert are $7, $15 and $25. Tickets are currently on sale at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Alys Stephens Center Box Offices. To purchase tickets or for additional information, contact the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (205) 251-7727, or visit the ASO Web site at www.alabamasymphony.org.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra acknowledges the major support provided by the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Fund administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has entertained audiences for more than 70 years, playing a variety of classical and popular musical compositions and hosting performances by some of the finest international guest artists in the world. The 54 talented musicians of the ASO bring to life some of the world’s most treasured musical masterpieces and introduce listeners to exciting new works and composers, performing more than 100 concerts for more than 100,000 persons annually.