The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will perform a tribute concert to honor the birthdate of Dr. Martin Luther King and to acknowledge the region’s unique contributions to the American civil rights movement. The musical celebration will be held at the California Theater in San Bernardino on Saturday, January 18, 2020 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The theater is located at 562 W. 4th Street, San Bernardino. “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.” Powerhouse vocalists Jason Lusk, Lettrice Lawrence, Bradley Baker, and the Selah Gospel Choir will perform during the concert accompanied by narrative from local education leader Dr. Margaret Hill. The performance 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. “Our MLK tribute will be one of the most inspiring concerts this orchestra has ever 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.” This classical symphonic work made its premier in February of 2019 in Pittsburg. 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 Lowcountry rice plantations in the U.S., their bodies unburied, their suffering unmourned, and their sacrifices unmarked for future generations. “At a time when our country is feeling rather divided, the San Bernardino Symphony is working to unite and uplift our community through impactful storytelling, revisiting history, and embracing hope for the future.” For ticket information call (909) 885-8263 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Header Photo: Jason Lusk