KSO concert to honor MLK

Suzanne CadaDowntown, Our Town Arts

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission, will present “Night with The Arts: A Concert in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” to honor the legacy of the civil rights icon.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held Sunday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre, and tickets are not needed. The performance will be presented with support from Knox County Commissioners Terry Hill and Dr. Dasha Lundy.

“It is a joy and an honor for the KSO to perform as part of our community’s annual commemoration of Dr. King’s heroic legacy, and we are particularly grateful to celebrate Knoxville’s Commemorative Commission with music in the organization’s 40th anniversary year,” said Aram Demirjian, KSO music director.

Demirjian will lead the Symphony in an evening of powerful music written by influential Black composers, including Scott Joplin, Florence Price and Valerie Coleman. The MLK Celebration Choir, directed by Preston Johnson, will join the KSO to perform “We Shall Overcome,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Praise.” For more information go here.

The Tennessee Theatre has these Covid-19 protocols in place: Proof of complete COVID vaccination (must be completely vaccinated at least two weeks prior to event; booster is not required) or a negative Covid test is required to enter. Masks are required at all times.

For info on other local events, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Suzanne Cada is deputy director of the Arts & Culture Alliance.

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