Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Alabama S.O. Will Perform 'Dream, Child. Hope' of Adolphus Hailstork at 2011 MLK Concert Jan. 15 & 16

[Adolphus Hailstork]

The University of Alabama
December 20, 2010
“TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will perform 'Dream, Child. Hope,' an original composition by Adolphus Hailstork, as the featured work of the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Realizing the Dream Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Moody Music Building Concert Hall at The University of Alabama.

“'Dream, Child. Hope' will be performed by the orchestra as well as an ensemble of 70 singers drawn from three area groups. The Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Choir will feature members of the newly formed African Negro Children’s Ensemble led by Dr. Gregory McPherson as well as female voices from the Prentice Concert Chorale and the UA Afro American Gospel Choir. More information is available at http://realizingthedream.ua.edu/index.html.

“The Alabama Symphony Orchestra commissioned 'Dream' as part of its Reflect and Rejoice concerts. It will perform the commissioned work again at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Alys Stephens Center’s Jemison Concert Hall in Birmingham. The text for the composition is drawn from the poems of three Birmingham schoolchildren. Among the texts are the lines: 'The sweet sound of music. Music is hope. A dream in every child.'” [The African American composer Adolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) is an Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University and is profiled at AfriClassical.com. His works appear on 27 CDs and are very frequently performed.]

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