Sunday, January 18, 2015

John Malveaux: Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra 70th season MLK Day Concert on January 17, 2015 at SGI Auditorium in Santa Monica an overwhelming success

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Maestro Guido Lamell and John Malveaux

John Malveaux and Rich Capparela

Niki J. Crawford and Maestro Guido Lamell

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Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra 70th season MLK Day Concert on January 17, 2015 at SGI Auditorium in Santa Monica sponsored by Santa Monica Westside Coalition was an overwhelming success to a capacity audience. Maestro Guido Lamell began the program with Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 'Ballade in A minor' (probably a Los Angeles premiere). Soloist Niki J Crawford, and orchestra delivered a penetrating version of 'Precious Lord, Take My Hand'. Niki and the Santa Monica Symphony shared a traditional version of 'There is a Balm in Gilead' before the smooth addition of Ward AME Church Choir, with an added gospel rhythm section, for an audience exciting uninterrupted different version. The first half concluded with soloist Niki, orchestra, and church choir performing a spirited version of 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' arranged by Roland Carter.
Santa Monica Symphony returned in the second half to hold the audience in meditation during four movements of Symphony No. 8 in G major by Antonin Dvorak. The concert concluded with the return of Niki, Ward AME Church Choir and Santa Monica Orchestra performing traditional 'We Shall Overcome, sing-along with audience participation.
Please see pictures of John Malveaux before start of program with Maestro Guido Lamell (1) and KUSC Classical Radio host Rich Capparela (2). Also see picture of Niki and Maestro Gudio on stage during performance of 'We Shall Overcome' (3).  John Malveaux and Niki J. Crawford sharing a picture in rear of Auditorium following performance (4)
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