Freedom Songs

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There is always so much going on around here I can barely keep track. Wednesday night features another collaboration between the Symphony and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, another dialogue between visual art and live music. The evening includes actress Barbara Sukowa returning to St. Louis to perform Schoenberg’s groundbreaking work Pierrot lunaire. Ravel is on the program as well.

But that show’s sold out. If you are without a ticket, Wednesday is also the night for an On Stage at Powell Concert, and one that has been much anticipated.

March on Washington, August 1964
March on Washington, August 1963

Soundtrack of a Dream begins our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Brian Owens, who manages the Symphony’s IN UNISON programs and is making for himself a brilliant singing career, put together music that reflects a turbulent yet triumphant time in America. The Civil Rights movement moved in many ways, and one of the forces that propelled that movement was music–from Curtis Mayfield to “We Shall Overcome,” from Bob Dylan to “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Before King spoke to the March on Washington in August 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, people sang.

A little of that energy, the joy and courage and spirit that changed a nation, will be evoked on the Powell Hall stage Wednesday night, 7pm. It’s free. You shall be moved.