Free concert honors Dr. King

December 31, 2014

The Colorado Symphony and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission invite you to a free annual celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy as a leader, visionary, and pillar of the Civil Rights Movement, to be held Jan. 13 at Boettcher Concert Hall in The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex.

Now in its 25th year, this community concert recognizes individuals and organizations who embody King’s dream of equality, peace, service, and social justice. New this year, the Colorado Symphony will be joined by Denver’s Flobots, a hip-hop ensemble that uses music as a tool to ignite awareness, action, and positive change.

Hosted by TV personality Tamara Banks, the program will be conducted by Scott O’Neil and will include symphonic selections by Beethoven and Dvorak as well as African American composers Brian Keane and George Walker. In collaboration with the full orchestra, the Flobots will perform orchestral arrangements of their music, with original arrangements by Tom Hagerman of DeVotchKa, commissioned by the Colorado Symphony.

The winners of four Humanitarian awards, as well as the Menola Upshaw Lifetime Achievement Award winner, will be honored during the program; all honorees are nominated and selected by the community and overseen by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission. The concert is part of a week-long celebration of Dr. King’s work as well as a call to community action. For a complete list of events, visit

Tickets to this free concert are available at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St., and the Colorado Symphony Box Office in the Boettcher Concert Hall at 14th and Curtis streets. For details, visit The Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, and two hours before every performance. Please note the box office will be closed Thursday and Friday.

A ticket is required for admission. All seating is general admission on a first come, first-served basis and a ticket does not guarantee a seat.

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