DENVER – January 7, 2011 – The Colorado Symphony is honored to present the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards and Tribute Concert on Thursday, January 13 at Boettcher Concert Hall. This inspiring community event features the Colorado Symphony, led by guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II, and special guests the Smoky Hill School Symphonic Choir in an engaging concert that both honors the recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards and celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King through music. The concert is free and the public is warmly invited to attend.
Featured at the 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards and Tribute Concert are works by American composer Brian Keane, who has scored some of the most memorable documentaries of our era. Keane's more than 350 film credits include Ric Burns' "The Donner Party," "Coney Island," "Ansel Adams" and the Emmy- winning series "New York." Boettcher Concert Hall will also be filled with the moving voices of the Smoky Hill School Symphonic Choir and poignant choral works such as William Dawson's African American spiritual "Soon Ah Will Be Done" and Andre Thomas' "I Hear America Singing" and "Band of Angels." New additions to the Tribute Concert this year include the Colorado Symphony performing masterworks by Beethoven, Mahler and Dvorák, accompanied by a multi-media presentation spotlighting historical photos from the civil rights movement and Dr. King's life.
One of the first tributes of its kind in Colorado, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards are now in their twenty-first year. The Colorado Symphony is proud to partner with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards in honoring Denver-area recipients who work to advance Dr. King's dream of an equal chance for all persons to build a better life, regardless of their race, gender, religion or disability. This year's honorees include The Stapleton Foundation's Health and Wellness Initiative, Lena Gibbons, Alice Langley, Laurence Tarver, Loretta Richardson, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Robbie Bean.
Special Event: Thursday, January 13 at 7:30 pm
Chelsea Tipton II, conductor
Smoky Hill High School Symphonic Choir
Mike Grant, choral director
Tamara Banks, mistress of ceremonies