This weekend Lone Star Wind Orchestra played a concert called "I Have a Dream" in honor of black history month. Here I am with Katrina and Heather who were nice enough to give me a ride.
We usually play at the Eismann Center in Richardson but every once in awhile get to play at the Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas. Here is the hall.
Setting up: they put up a huge screen to accompany one of our pieces.
Ready to go.
The horn section! Front row is Kim, Kristin, and Heather. Back row is myself and Nancy.
The concert went well and I think the diverse audience really enjoyed it. Our emcee was John McCaa from the local news. I didn't know that ahead of time so it was like seeing a celebrity for me! : )
Our program was really interesting. After the Star Spangled Banner we played Fanfare for Life, written about the inner-city violence among children in gangs in 1994 Chicago. Next came Cassandra Berry, a local vocalist who wonderfully sang "We shall overcome." Her only training has been her church choir and she was great. Movement for Rosa was next, a piece written to represent the various stages of Rosa Park's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. My favorite piece was next called Krump. Krump stands for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise. It's a dance style created by South-Central Los Angeles youth with really wild, body popping moves. It was begun to create an outlet for them as they were opposed to violence. We had some amazing guest dance artists and African drummer to accompany us on this fun and beautiful piece. After intermission we played Joplin's Combination March, American Hymnsong Suite (various spirituals/hymns), and finally Amazing Grace. After Cassandra gave part of the
"I have a dream..." speach, we played as the screen showed prominant African Americans from Frederick Douglas, MLK, Muhammed Ali, Oprah, all the way to shots from Obama's Inauguration- very moving. We closed with Porgy and Bess. A fun treat for all. : ) Now don't you feel like you were there??