NORFOLK, Va. — The public is invited to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by paying tribute during two free, community events.

The Virginia Symphony, in partnership with the City of Norfolk, presents Songs for a Dreamer - A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The concert on Sunday, January 20 at 7 p.m. is free and will feature orchestral and vocal performances at Second Calvary Baptist Church located at 2940 Corprew Avenue.

The concert will feature musicians from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, performances by NSU's Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by director Frank T. Elliott. The ensemble will perform There is a Balm and Glory from the movie Selma.


Thomas Wilkins, a Norfolk native and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, will receive VSO's annual Dreamer Award. Wilkins studied at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music before becoming a highly successful career as an orchestral conductor.