The Road to Freedom: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
In celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ars Choralis performed “The Road to Freedom,” a concert of remembrance. The concert followed in the words and music tradition of earlier Ars Choralis concerts. Narrators read poetry of Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Langston Hughes and excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermons, speeches, and “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Songs, interspersed among the readings, were performed by Ars Choralis and guests, The Riverview Missionary Baptist Church Choir, Nashville soul singer Jonell Mosser, and 12-year-old Carmen Higuita. The concert also premiered three songs inspired by Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of events occurring during the Civil Rights written by Tony nominee Jim Wann. The concert attracted hundreds of people to Riverview Church in Kingston and The Woodstock Jewish Congregation in Woodstock to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to help Riverview Missionary Baptist Church rebuild after a devastating flood from Hurricane Sandy. Read a review here.