Friday, January 7, 2011

Thomas Wilkins Conducts 'Philadelphia Orchestra’s 21st Annual Free Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute' Jan. 17

[Conductor Thomas Wilkins (Photo Credit: Blake J. Discher)]
Monday January 17, 2011
3:00 PM
MLK High School
The Philadelphia Orchestra

Thomas Wilkins - Conductor

Charlotte Blake Alston - Speaker

Philadelphia All City Choir -

Dorina Morrow – Director

"CIGNA presents The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 21st Annual Free Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert. Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with this free community concert. Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads The Philadelphia Orchestra, speaker Charlotte Blake Alston, and the Philadelphia All City Choir. Combining the traditions of African-American culture and Western classical music, the concert pays tribute to Dr. King’s vision of a society free of prejudice and racial divisions, and his belief in the power of music to help create positive change. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the holiday’s observance in the United States of America. For more information please visit”

Thomas Wilkins is Music Director of the Omaha Symphony, a position he has held since 2005. Additionally he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.” “In the 2007/2008 season, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra awarded Mr. Wilkins the Classical Roots Musical Achievement Award.” “A native of Norfolk, Va.., Thomas earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in 1978 . In 1982, he was awarded the Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.”

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