Event Info

  • Date: April 13, 2013
  • Time: 08:00 PM
  • Place: Richmond CenterStage

The public is invited to attend this special free concert performance.

While there is no cost to attend, tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and will be limited to two tickets per person. To request individual tickets or to inquire about group bookings, click the REGISTER button to the left or contact the Richmond Symphony by phone (804) 788-1212; by email; or in person at the Richmond CenterStage Box Office by April 5, 2013.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission Partners with the Richmond Symphony: A Musical Tribute to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission of the Virginia General Assembly and the Richmond Symphony will present a public concert on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at Richmond CenterStage's Carpenter Theater, 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The concert is one of the signature events of the Commission's celebration of this historic event.

Led by the Richmond Symphony’s Music Director Steven Smith, the choral and orchestral production will tell the story of Emancipation in historical context, feature national and state luminaries and music written during and after the Civil War period by nationally-acclaimed Virginia composers and artists, reflect the turbulent times in the nation’s history, illuminate the perseverance of the human spirit, and celebrate freedom and liberation. A highlight of the performance will be a 200-strong mass choir assembled especially for the occasion from among college and university choral groups across the Commonwealth, together with members of Richmond’s One Voice Chorus and the Richmond Symphony Chorus.

Also appearing in the program will be performers from Richmond’s Elegba Folklore Society and a guest narrator of national renown to present Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait with the orchestra. Visual and language arts contributions by Virginia’s school children will be exhibited.

April 3 Update: The Richmond Symphony has had a tremendous response and this concert is currently at capacity and tickets are no longer available. The concert event will be broadcast on April 25 on WCVE radio and television stations, 88.9 FM and Channel 23 at 9pm. We encourage you to tune in.

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