Monday, January 18, 2010

Thomas Wilkins Conducts Works of Still & Ellington in 'Tribute to greatness' in Philadelphia

[Conductor Thomas Wilkins (Ken Hively, Los Angeles Times / June 20, 2008)]

On Sept. 10, 2009 AfriClassical posted: “Los Angeles Times: 'Hollywood Bowl's Thomas Wilkins a classical case of beating the odds'” and today we present details of a Martin Luther King Day concert he is conducting in Philadelphia:
Tribute to greatness
The Philadelphia Orchestra marks the 81st birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Thomas Wilkins conducting works by John Williams, William Grant Still, Samuel Barber, Duke Ellington, Morton Gould, Andrea Clearfield, and John Rosamund Johnson, with guests Charlotte Blake Alston, narrator, and the Philadelphia All City Choir. The 20th annual orchestral celebration takes place at 3 p.m. at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Ave. Admission is free; tickets required. Call 215-276-3934. [Duke Ellington and William Grant Still are profiled at]

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