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KSO holding MLK concert

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

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The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra will hold a concert in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the holiday named for the national icon.

 This concert, free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. The concert is sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission of Greater Knoxville and Knox County Commissioner Amy Broyles.

 The program includes both traditional symphonic works and gospel music. KSO Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum conducts and will be joined by the Celebration Choir, directed by Aaron Staple. Radio personality Hallerin Hilton Hill will narrate Lincoln Portrait, a prose reading which includes parts of the Gettysburg Address.

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 Parking is free on nights and weekends in the State Street Garage. This concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

 Since 1982, the MLK Commission has been organizing a special celebration each year for the Knoxville area to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The weeklong celebration focuses on providing education and leadership training for adults and youth and promotes reconciliation through peaceful conflict resolution. Part of the celebration also includes stories of racial struggles with emphasis on non-violence, equality and love.

 The KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee since 1935. Under the leadership of Lucas Richman, the orchestra consists of more than 80 professional musicians and performs more than 200 programs throughout East Tennessee each season. Performing in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium, and in non-traditional places like hospitals, school classrooms, nursing homes, city parks and churches, the KSO reaches more than 200,000 people throughout the region each year.