Saturday, January 8, 2011

Albuquerque Youth Symphony in William Henry Curry's 'Eulogy for a Dream' Jan. 16

[William Henry Curry]

William Henry Curry is Music Director and Conductor of the Durham Symphony in North Carolina. His composition Eulogy for a Dream is based on speeches and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It has been performed several times, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. As we noted recently, Maestro Curry will conduct a performance of the work by the Durham Symphony at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. We have since learned the Albuquerque Youth Symphony will include the composition in its concert of January 16 at 3:00 p.m.

The Albuquerque Youth Symphony ushers in Martin Luther King Day with three concert firsts:

Solo by concerto competition winner Laura Steiner
The state premiere of Eulogy for a Dream
The world premiere of The Red Woods
Sunday, January 16 at 3:00 pm at Popejoy Hall
Tickets are $10.
Eulogy for a Dream, written by African American composer and conductor William Henry Curry, features narrated selections from Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" and "I've been to the mountaintop" speeches.

“In recent seasons, Mr. Curry has spent time with many orchestras, including the Houston, Altanta and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, the Nassau Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Sai Jai Thai Orchestra of Bangkok (Thailand), the National Symphony Orchestra of Taipei (Taiwan), and the Chautauqua Symphony.” “Maestro Curry's recent visit to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra included not only four subscription concerts, but rehearsals with that orchestra's well-known Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra combined with the Atlanta Public Schools Orchestra.”

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