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For immediate release
December 12, 2000
Tracey Terry, NPR
202/414-2313
sevans@npr.org
Laura Livingston, ASO
404/733-4846
Natasha Daniels, Spelman
404/681-3643
Thonnia Lee, Morehouse
404/215-2680
Robert Vickers, King Center
404/526-8946

A King Celebration 2001 Honors Dr. King's Life and Legacy Through Music
Special Week of Concerts and Symposia, January 10-16, 2001 Featuring Mezzo Soprano Denyce Graves and Clarinetist Don Byron

ATLANTA-Beginning Jan. 10, 2001, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), National Public Radio® (NPR®), The King Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College join forces to pay tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and remember his message in music with A King Celebration 2001. Since 1992, this week of activities has become one of the celebrated musical tributes to Dr. King and includes recitals, lectures, and concerts. This year's main event, A King Celebration 2001 concert, combines the creative efforts of critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, jazz clarinetist Don Byron, the ASO, Spelman College Glee Club and Morehouse College Glee Club. A King Celebration 2001 concert is supported by a grant from WorldSpan, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs.

On Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, the 15th anniversary of the national King Holiday, the concert will broadcast over more than 250 public radio stations on NPR's daily classical music program, Performance Today ®. For nationwide station information and broadcast times, please visit www.npr.org.

 

A King Celebration 2001 Events

  Wednesday, Jan. 10

WHO: Denyce Graves, Don Byron, William Eddins-Conductor, David Morrow-Director of Morehouse Glee Club, Kevin Johnson-Director of Spelman Glee Club, Fred Child-Host of NPR's Performance Today, Mark Mobley-NPR Producer

WHAT: Media invited to meet and interview the participants of A King Celebration 2001 tribute concert.

WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. (Media are also invited to stay for 1 p.m. rehearsal in the chapel.)

WHERE: Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel-Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA Upstairs in the African-American Hall of Fame

Thursday, Jan. 11 and Friday, Jan. 12

WHO: Denyce Graves, Don Byron, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Spelman College Glee Club and Morehouse College Glee Club

WHAT: Media are invited to cover A King Celebration 2001 concert, featuring works by Coleridge-Taylor, Brahms, Joplin, Ellington, and Weill.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel-Morehouse College; Atlanta, GA

TICKETS: For ticket information, call the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at (404)733-5000 or visit www.atlantasymphony.org

$50-Reserved; $20-General Admission; $5-Seniors/Students

Friday, Jan. 12

WHO: Don Byron and ASO Members

WHAT: Chamber Concert featuring the music of Coleridge-Taylor and Aaron Copland

WHEN: 1 p.m.

WHERE: Park Street Church, Music and Arts Complex, Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA

Saturday, Jan. 13

WHAT: Don Byron in concert, performing selections from previous albums and his most recent release A Fine Line: Arias and Lieder

WHEN: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

WHERE: Variety Playhouse, Little Five Points, 1099 Euclid Ave, Atlanta, GA

TICKETS: Tickets available at Ticketmaster outlets by calling (404)249-6400. $15-In advance, $17.50-At Door, $10-Student

Monday, Jan. 15

WHO: National Public Radio's

WHAT: National Broadcast of A King Celebration 2001 tribute concert. (See program notes from live concert on January 11)

WHEN: For nationwide station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's Web site at www.npr.org. In Atlanta, the concert can be heard on WABE, 90.1 FM from Noon to 2 p.m. and on WJSP, 88.1 FM from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 10 -Tuesday, Jan. 16

WHO: Dr. William Tortolano-Music Professor and Coleridge-Taylor scholar, St. Michael's College; Dr. Domique-René DeLerma-Professor Emeritus, Lawrence University; and Don Byron

WHAT: Each will give lectures on the campuses of Morehouse College and Spelman College

For details about other King Week events being held in Atlanta from January 11th to 15th please visit The King Center Web site at www.thekingcenter.org.