January 18, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Continuing and evolving from an earlier tradition of Black History Month themed concerts, New World Symphony held its first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day concert on January 17, 1999. It was a family concert, featuring works by a number of African-American composers, along with gospel songs and anonymously composed spirituals.
Led by guest conductor Charles Floyd, NWS performed works by composers George Walker, Howard A. Roberts, Adolphus Hailstork, Cleve Francis, and Rodney Friend; also British-African composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Guest performers were Miami-based groups the Jubilate ensemble, Cavalier Singers from Coral Gables High School, and youth dance group Children of the Redeemed.
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