Martin Luther King’s mother was a choir director and his father was a preacher. Martin Jr. was noted to have a “fine clear singing voice” when he was just four years old. So it’s no accident that his speeches and writings are filled with references to music, and it was the distinctly musical style of speaking that made him one of this century’s greatest and most persuasive orators…most perfectly realized in his “I Have a Dream Speech” a half-century ago. In this special edition of Together in Song, it’s “I Have a Dream.”
We mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s landmark speech on the Washington Mall, and hear his message – and even his words – put to music. Cathy Fuller guest hosts this special edition of the program that includes performances by usual host Anthony Trecek-King and his Boston Children's Chorus.
Moses Hogan, arr. Traditional: Wade in the Water
— Melinda Dolittle, vocals; Boston Children's Chorus; Anthony Trecek-King, director.
Michael Tippett, arr. Traditional : Deep River, from A Child of Our Time
— Boston Children's Chorus Premiere Choir and Young Men's Ensemble, Anthony Trecek-King
Hall Johnson, arr. Traditional : Oh, Glory
— Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano; Clark Atlanta University Choir; Marvin Mills, piano and conductor.
Francois Clemmons, arr. Traditional : Free At Last
— Harlem Spiritual Ensemble
Dr.Martin Luther King, narrator. Traditional : "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" and other selected speech excerpts, accompanied by "Ain' Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round" and "We Shall Overcome"
— Sweet Honey in the Rock; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Uzee Brown, Jr., arr. Traditional : We Shall Overcome
— Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Andre Raphel Smith, conductor.
Leonard De Paur, arr. Edited by Anthony Trecek-King. Traditional : Ho Boys Cancha Line 'Em
— Brandon Miles, soloist; Boston Children's Chorus Young Men's Ensemble; Anthony Trecek-King, director.
Kristina G. Boerger, arr. Abe Meeropol : Strange Fruit
— Boston Children's Chorus Premiere Choir (Women); Anthony Trecek-King, director.
Moses Hogan, arr. Traditional : Battle of Jericho
— Boston Children's Chorus Premiere Choir and Young Men's Ensemble; Anthony Trecek-King, director.
Duke Ellington : Fit the Battle of Alabam'
— Irving Bunton Singers with Duke Ellington and his Band.
Adolphus Hailstork : "Anthem" and "The Sermon" from Done Made My Vow
—James Carter, narrator; Janice Chandler, soprano; Gregory Hopkins, tenor; Darren Caulfield, boy soprano; Baltimore Symphony — Orchestra; Morgan State University Choir; Daniel Hege, conductor.
Rolo Dilworth : "Dreams" from Dream Trilogy
— Boston Children's Chorus Premiere Choir; Anthony Trecek-King, director.