MSU Music Celebrates the Life and Legacy of MLK | MSU Today

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MSU College of Music’s annual “Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest” concert celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be performed at 3 pm on January 16 at the Fairchild Theater.

The concert is part of MSU’s 42nd annual college-wide celebration commemorating the civil rights leader. “Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest” is one of the first weeklong events of “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos Or Community? »Coordinated by MSU’s Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

“This year’s theme for Dr. King’s annual celebration is extremely appropriate as we reflect on the societal and cultural challenges that affect equality between people,” said Rodney Whitaker, professor emeritus of jazz bass at the university and director of the MSU jazz studies program. “Our program this year includes plays that reflect the human experience as we aspire for a fairer and more equitable world.”

MSU Jazz Orchestra I will be conducted by guest conductor Charles Tolliver – a famous trumpeter, conductor, composer, arranger and educator who made his recording debut with saxophone giant Jackie McLean in the early 1960s. by Tolliver for the program include selections from John Coltrane’s African Brass, including “Blues Minor,” “The Damned Don’t Cry,” “The Song of the Underground Railroad,” “Africa” ​​and the traditional arrangement of ” Greensleeves ”. The concert will also include performances by Damien Sneed, a multi-genre artist and instrumentalist who has worked with jazz, classical, pop and R&B legends including the late Aretha Franklin and Jessye Norman. Sneed will be an Artist in Residence at the College of Music from January 17-18 and will close his residency with “Our Song, Our Story” on January 18 at 7:30 pm at the Wharton Center.

The 42nd Annual MLK Day Celebration features additional events, many of which are virtual, including a commemorative film series, a march, a unity dinner, a social justice art festival, panel discussions and more . A full list of events is available on the MSU Office of Inclusion website.

“Jazz: Spirituals, Pray and Protest” is generously sponsored by Patrick McPharlin. The event is free, but tickets are required for admission. Tickets are available by phone at (517) 353-5340 or pick up at the main office of the College of Music in Room 102 of the Music Building, 333 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. h. The remaining tickets will be available at the door. Please note that unclaimed call tickets will be released 10 minutes before the event.

To help maintain a safe concert experience, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for all participants aged 12 and over. This policy is part of new university guidelines for COVID-19 announced on January 1. Details can be found on the College of Music website under the MSU Music COVID-19 Guidelines, along with answers to frequently asked questions on the College’s FAQ web page.

Information on this and other concerts, recitals and performances is available on the MSU College of Music website.