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12 Jan 2018

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents- Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert at Girard College, January 15

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Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast partner WRTI 90.1 FM will air the concert live


The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to partner with Girard College and Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service for its annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert held at the Girard College Chapel on Monday, January 15, at 1:30 PM. Led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, the concert will mark the conclusion of the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the largest King Day of Service event in the country.

Tickets to the concert are free and will be available on The program will also be broadcast live on WRTI 90.1 FM. The Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert is presented by PECO.

The 90-minute program will feature uplifting works, including Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” with a recitation of excerpts from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by speaker Charlotte Blake Alston; Ellington’s “King of the Magi” from the Suite from “The Three Black Kings;” Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and a work by Music Alive composer-in-residence Hannibal, “Hymn for the World.”

“It is a tremendous honor for The Philadelphia Orchestra to provide the soundtrack that closes out an incredible day of community service that so perfectly embodies the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Philadelphia Orchestra Director of Collaborative Learning Dr. Michael Albaugh. “This opportunity to pay tribute to Dr. King, who fought to bring people of all backgrounds together as one community, is of paramount importance to our global society today and to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s mission to unite people through the power of music. We look forward to this event each year as an important component of our HEAR initiative, which brings art into our communities and makes music and arts education accessible to all people.”


“Global Citizen is thrilled to partner again with the world renowned Philadelphia Orchestra for the finale of the 23rd annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service at Girard College,” said Todd Bernstein, President of Global Citizen and Founder and Director of the King Day of Service. “This extraordinary annual musical celebration of Dr. King’s legacy is made even more special by the rich diversity of the audience, who come from all backgrounds and ages.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to collaborate with PECO on this event. PECO has proudly supported the Orchestra’s programs and events for nearly 20 years. This year’s sponsorship of the concert expands PECO’s support of the Orchestra’s innovative programming and the many Martin Luther King Day of Service activities throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

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