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A King Celebration Concert




The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform the 16th annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., entitled “A King Celebration.” The concert, in partnership with Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, will take place in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel of Morehouse College on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. In addition, the concert will be broadcast to nearly 250 radio stations across the country on American Public Media’s Performance Today, hosted by Fred Child, on Monday, January 21, 2008. For station information and broadcast times, please visit The concert will be sponsored for the second consecutive year by Target.

Chelsea Tipton will conduct the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs in a program that includes Beethoven’s Hallelujah Chorus, George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, Roland Carter’s Lift Every Voice and Sing, and the traditional Ain’t That Good News. Closing the concert is Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by former Atlanta mayor and civil rights activist Andrew Young, who will read selections from several different speeches by Abraham Lincoln.

The Atlanta Symphony, now in its 63rd season, is considered one of America’s leading orchestras, known for the excellence of its live performances, its renowned choruses, and its impressive list of Grammy Award-winning recordings. The foremost cultural organization in the southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region.

Under the creative partnership of Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles since September 2001, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year to a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances, including educational and community concerts. Emerging from the partnership is Robert Spano’s Atlanta School of Composers, his commitment to nurturing and championing contemporary music through multi-year partnerships with living American composers. Since the inception of the Atlanta School of Composers, the Orchestra’s performances of new music have resulted in a growing acceptance and interest among audiences. A recognized leader and supporter of contemporary American music, the Orchestra recently received the 2007 award for “Strongest Commitment to New American Music” from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Among the orchestra’s upcoming season highlights is its return to Carnegie Hall in April 2008.

Chelsea Tipton, who conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas Gospel concert at the Woodruff Center, is the resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, where he is active in developing and implementing educational community programs for the TSO. He formerly was associate conductor of the Savannah Symphony and has conducted numerous North American orchestras. As a clarinetist he has performed with orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as with such artists as Wynton Marsalis and James Galway.

The King Center, established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America’s greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace. More than 650,000 visitors from all over the world are drawn annually to the King Center to pay homage to Dr. King, view unique exhibits illustrating his life and teachings and visit the King Center’s Library, Archives, his final resting place, his birth home, gift shop and other facilities. Located in Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, The King Center utilizes diverse communications media, including books, audio and video cassettes, film, television, CDs and web pages, to reach out far beyond its physical boundaries to educate people all over the world about Dr. King’s life, work and his philosophy and methods of nonviolent conflict-reconciliation and social change.

Morehouse College, ranked three times as the number one college in the nation for educating African American students by Black Enterprise magazine, and recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top feeder schools for the 15 most prominent graduate and professional schools in the country, is the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 3,000 students, offering 26 majors in three academic divisions: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business and Economics. Morehouse offers a number of programs and activities to enhance its challenging liberal arts curriculum through the Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Morehouse Research Institute and Andrew Young Center for International Affairs and the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. Morehouse is one of only two Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) to produce three Rhodes Scholars. In spring 2007, Morehouse launched a new Journalism and Sports concentration, which will one day grow into a major course of study.

Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil and human rights non-violent leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine; Shelton “Spike” Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award nominated actor; Maynard H. Jackson, founder of Jackson Securities and the first African-American mayor of Atlanta; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African-American Rhodes Scholar from a HBCU.

Spelman College, founded in 1881, is a prestigious, highly selective, liberal arts college that prepares women to change the world. Located in Atlanta, Ga., this historically black college boasts a 79 percent graduation rate, and outstanding alumnae such as Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; former U.S. Foreign Service Director General Ruth Davis, authors Tina McElroy Ansa and Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson. More than 83 percent of the full-time faculty members have Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees, and the average faculty to student ratio is 11:1. More than 2,100 students attend Spelman. For more information, visit

Target believes in the power of partnerships with leading cultural institutions to foster creativity, promote learning and build stronger communities. When Target opened its first store in 1962, it was with a strong commitment to support and empower the communities its stores serve. Today, that tradition is reflected in the Target grant-making program, through which Target gives back more than $3 million each week to communities across the country with a focus on the arts,
education and safe families and communities. In addition, Target’s nationwide network of team members and retiree volunteers donate over 315,000 hours to more than 7,500 community-based projects each year. Target is proud to continue its partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as presenting sponsor of the16th annual “A King Celebration” concert. As a company,
Target is dedicated to supporting and practicing Dr. King’s values of equality, respect, and commitment to community responsibility and continues to honor his Legacy through volunteerism and community giving. Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at 1,591 stores in 47 states nationwide.

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General admission tickets for “A King Celebration” are $25, or $10 for students — buy one ticket, get one free, thanks to sponsorship by Target. Tickets are available in advance, and until 3:00 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office located at 15th and Peachtree Streets, by calling (404) 733-5000, or by visiting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's website at Tickets may also be purchased at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College starting at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. A valid Student ID is required for purchase of student tickets.

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
“A King Celebration”

Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College
Atlanta, Georgia

Chelsea Tipton, conductor
Andrew Young, narrator
Morehouse College Glee Club
Spelman College Glee Club

Thursday, January 17, 2008, 8:00 p.m.

TRADITIONAL/ROLAND CARTER Lift Every Voice And Sing (with choirs)
VERDI Overture to La Forza del Destino (orchestra)
DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN Hip Hop Essay No. 2 (orchestra)
BEETHOVEN Hallelujah Chorus from Christ on the Mount of Olives
JENNIFER HIGDON Peachtree Street form Cityscape (orchestra)
TRADITIONAL/DAWSON Ain’t That Good News (choirs a capella)
WALKER Lyric For Strings (orchestra)
COPLAND A Lincoln Portrait (narrator)

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Additional contact:
Angela Duryea, Shuman Associates
(212) 315-1300

Posted by at January 7, 2008 09:59 PM

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