Living the Dream…Singing the Dream
34th Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts
Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs
SCHEDULE CHANGE (January 13, 2 PM EST): Out of an abundance of caution amid the current conditions of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Washington Performing Arts and the Choral Arts Society of Washington have rescheduled the January 30th presentation of Living the Dream…Singing the Dream. The new date at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall is April 10, 2022. Current ticket holders to the original January 30 event are being contacted directly concerning their options at this time—including using their current tickets for admission to the April 10 event.
The long-running, ever-popular tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to the Kennedy Center as the combined choirs of Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs and Choral Arts celebrate the power of music, collaboration, and the human spirit. The program transcends race, age, and gender to unite all who honor his ideals with songs like You’re the Lifter, My Soul’s Been Anchored, Why Do We Sing, and the world premiere of Nolan Williams’s We are the ones to heal our land.
In addition to the musical program, Choral Arts will present the 2022 Humanitarian Award to award-winning visionary and cultural activist, LaTosha Brown. The award honors individuals who have shown incredible leadership through their dedication to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brown is a nationally recognized, “go-to” expert in Black Voting Rights and Voter Suppression, Black Women’s Empowerment, and Philanthropy. She is the Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute and has worked in 23 different countries to include Kenya, Guyana, and Brazil. Her next mission involves resourcing and empowering women across the diaspora. “I don’t want women to be seen as victims; they are the problem solvers for the world. I am convinced that Black Women are going to liberate the world!” says Brown.
Click here to learn more about the Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and hear speeches by past Humanitarian Award Recipients.
Come Thou Almighty King Timothy Wright
I Opened My Mouth to the Lord A. Lela Anderson
You’re the Lifter Derrick Hall
My Soul’s Been Anchored Arr. Moses Hogan
Onaga Tim Godfrey
Why Do We Sing Gail Jones Murphy
Stand Up for What’s Right B. E. Boykin
Didn’t It Rain? Arr. Donald E. Dillard
We are the ones to heal our land. Nolan Williams*
Work While it’s a Day Ralph Herndon
*World premiere co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and the Choral Arts Society of Washington
Shawn Yancy, Host
LaTosha Brown, Humanitarian Award Recipient
Sherrilyn Ifill, Humanitarian Award Presenter
Ralph Alan Herndon, soloist
Washington Performing Arts Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel
Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director
Theodore Thorpe III, Artistic Director
The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director
90 minutes, no intermission
ALL attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket including children who will sit in a lap.
To keep everyone safe, masks are required for attendees.
ALL attendees, regardless of age, must provide either proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours prior to attending an indoor performance, or proof of a professionally administered COVID-19 Antigen test conducted no more than 6 hours prior to attending an indoor performance. Visit ChoralArts.org/Health for details and updates on COVID protocols.
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All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.