Special Event presented by the ASO and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Reflect and Rejoice: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sunday, January 20, 2013 | 3 p.m.
Roderick Cox, Conductor
Daniel Szasz, Violin
The Aeolians of Oakwood University under the direction of Jason Max Ferdinand
Girls of the 16th Street Baptist Church Choir
ALVIN SINGLETON Miaka Kumi
HENRY PANION III Here We Are (World Premiere and ASO Commission)
STILL Suite for Violin and Orchestra
PANION Send Me Hope (World Premiere and ASO Commission
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
Alys Stephens Center | Jemison Concert Hall | Map & Directions
This annual event marks the legacy and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. This year's performance features two brand new works from Henry Panion III written in commemoration of Birmingham's turbulent year of 1963. Send Me Hope is written in a popular Gospel style and features the rich Gospel contralto voice of rising Gospel artist Maquita Anthony who co-wrote the work with Dr. Panion, Clinton Green, and Marc Raby. Backed by the Aeolians of Oakwood College, Dr. Panion has arranged and orchestrated this work to serve as a bookend of sorts with Here We Are. The "hope" proclaimed through the Gospels are articulated in this plea for help and deliverance from life's trials and tribulations, whether they are rooted in the fight for civil rights or one's own personal struggles.