The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the place to be for schools and students celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Growing its annual celebration from one matinee event to four, the Kimmel Center is expanding its offerings for local Philadelphia school students, incorporating song, dance, spoken word, and video into a repertoire intended to educate and inspire those attending. The four concerts will take place over two days on Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. each day. These concerts are not open to the public, but would be great photo and video opportunities.
"Education and reaching the student community of Philadelphia is at the heart of our Kimmel Center mission to transform lives daily through the arts," said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. "We are overjoyed that this annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work, life, and legacy has grown from one to four shows, welcoming even more young people onto our Cultural Campus and reaching them with diverse artistic expressions."
These memorial events will include performances by the following artists:
Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program for Jazz (Blue and Magenta Ensembles), made up of students ages 12-18. Blue Ensemble will perform in the January 11concerts with "Little Man" (composed by Charles Fambrough); "Cornbread" (composed by Evan Sweitzer); and "Del Rio" (composed B. Russell Gunn). Magenta Ensemble will perform in the January 12 concerts with "Kimmelisms 1" and "Continuous Forces" (composed by Maria Grand).
Returning spoken word artist, Nikki Powerhouse will perform "A child called Freedom"
Tap dancers Jaye Alison and Robert F. Burden, Jr., will demonstrate busking - an interactive tap routine performed on street corners and before public audiences
Vocalist Taylor Samuels (accompanied by Kimmel Center Education Manager Carol Frazier)
Storytelling by spoken word artist Jos Duncan will perform "Lucretia Could Fly"
Video tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malala Yousafzai from Kimmel Center Teaching Artist James Davis
Below are event details and performers:
KIMMEL CENTER'S ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION
Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center
Thursday, January 11 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Friday, January 12 - 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.