In honor of the birth date of Dr. Martin Luther King and the region’s unique contributions to the American civil rights movement, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra has prepared a tribute concert to be performed January 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts.
“This concert is going to move our audience and reach out and touch their soul. The music is brilliant and powerful,” said Symphony Board President Dean McVay, adding “That’s what this live symphonic experience is all about - transporting our audience to new and different places and experiences, and having them walk out of the concert hall having been moved and inspired in ways they had not considered before.”
Inclusive of powerhouse vocalists Jacob Lusk, Lettrice Lawrence, Bradley Baker, and the Selah Gospel Choir, an accompanied by narrative from local education leader Dr. Margaret Hill, the concert will include electrifying renditions of anthems, hymns, and spirituals including Wade in the Water, Strange Fruit, Free at Last, City Called Heaven, and Lift Every Voice and Sing.
“This tribute concert will be one of the most inspiring performances this orchestra has even mounted,” said Symphony Music Director and Conductor Anthony Parnther. “We have imported nationally regarded talent to our region to pull off a very ambitious program and these are the kinds of soulful performers who will bring the house down.”
In addition, the Symphony will be performing the West Coast premiere of three-time Emmy award-winning composer John Wineglass’s "Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked." Making its premier in February of 2019 in Pittsburgh, this classical symphonic work takes history off the shelves and onto the concert hall as a modern and African-American inspired take on a classic requiem in the spirit of Verdi, Mozart, Faure, and Britten. It mourns the souls of the enslaved Africans who died on Low Country rice plantations in the U.S., their bodies unburied, their suffering unmourned, and their sacrifices unmarked for future generations.
Added Parnther, “At a time when our country is feeling rather divided, the San Bernardino Symphony is working to unite and uplift or community through impactful storytelling, revisiting history, and embracing hope for the future.”
We hope you will join us this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and let us be moved.