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Martin Luther King Day Celebration Concert with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra

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The South Bend Symphony Orchestra ends the City of South Bend’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration with a concert honoring Dr. King on Monday, January 18, 2010 in the Campus Auditorium in Northside Hall at IU South Bend.The 8:00 p.m. concert features South Bend Symphonic Choir, IU South Bend Chorale and the IU South Bend Gospel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Marvin Curtis along with members of the IUSB Jazz Ensemble and Mr. David Buggs. They will join Maestro Tsung Yeh and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra for an evening of inspirational music, from Duke Ellington to Uzee Brown. Concert goers can obtain the free tickets needed for admission at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office, IU South Bend.

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra Association Inc. received one of eight grants for the state of Indiana from the “Access to Artistic Excellence” program, a highly competitive grant program from the National Endowment for the Arts.    Entitled “A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.” the concert features music written to pay tribute to the ideals of Dr. King's philosophy of a unified and collaborative community.   Music featured in this community performance includes Ellington’s Les Trios Rois Noirs, Handel’s Hallelujah, arranged by Quincy Jones,  Joseph Schwantner’s New Morning for the World, for narrator and orchestra, Grant Still’s Afro American Symphony  and ending with Uzee Brown’s We Shall Overcome.  The narrator for the concert is Mr. David Buggs

Joining the South Bend Symphony will be several choral groups from IU South Bend. One of which is The South Bend Symphonic Choir directed by Dr. Marvin Curtis recently  returned from singing at the White House on December 21st   for a ninety minute performance.The IU South Bend Chorale and IU South Bend Gospel Choir and members of the IUSB Jazz Ensemble will also be featured in the concert.

To reserve tickets for the concert call the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office – 574-520-4203, tickets are free of charge, but reservations are required and seating is limited. This performance is underwritten in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Music Performance Fund of The American Federation of Musicians. The South Bend Symphony receives a general operation grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.