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Remembering a leader
by Christopher James, School of Music
From eNews, January 22, 2004
The University of Minnesota School of Music is celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Concert on Sunday, February 1, at 4 p.m. in the Ted Mann Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. When the U's Martin Luther King, Jr. concert began in 1980, it was the only tribute of its kind in Minnesota. The University now schedules the concert two weeks following the national King holiday to avoid competing with other local events honoring Dr. King. The event, hosted in partnership with the U's Office for Multicultural and Academic Affairs, honors the life and accomplishments of the legendary civil rights crusader through music and dance. This year's lineup will feature performers from the University as well as professional artists from the Twin Cities community, including a capella hip-hop group 7 Days, youth choir CitySongs, and the Reginald Buckner Jazz Ensemble--named for the late University professor who founded the annual MLK event. The concert, which will be approximately 90 minutes with an intermission, will culminate in a performance by critically acclaimed singer Robert Robinson and the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir. "This annual concert has always been a highlight among the many tributes to Dr. King," says School of Music interim director Barbara Reid. "It's a wonderful way for the University and the community, performers and the public, to come together in his memory." For directions to the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis, see www.music.umn.edu.