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Jan 15, 2018 7:30 pm

Martin Luther King Day Tribute Concert in Greenfield Hall



MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Free Concert:  Please arrive early to ensure seating


President James Gandre

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion” from Messiah

Nafset Chenib, soprano Moscow, Russia
Student of Maitland Peters

Sining Liu, piano Nanning, China
Student of Solomon Mikowsky

Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582

Luyang Liu, piano
Guangzhou City, China
Student of Marc Silverman

“Through the rise and fall of emotion, this piece ingeniously depicts humankind’s struggle to strive for a better life. This reflects the life and deeds of Martin Luther King, Jr., with its strong pathos drawing an image of King fighting for freedom for the people despite facing discrimination. Its sorrowful passage depicts the deep empathy King had, which drove him to strive for equality for all.

I deeply admire King for his strong will and what it allowed him to accomplish.”

~ Luyang Liu

Dante’s Prayer

Elizabeth de Almeida, harp and voice
Manager of Advancement Data Services at MSM

“The song Dante’s Prayer was chosen in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. because the voice in the song talks of the troubles and fears of humankind. But through all the trials and tribulations of the human experience, there is hope. The voice in the song says whenever there are difficulties “to remember me,” the one who said there is always hope. When Martin Luther King, Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963, in Washington D.C., he talked of the discrimination, violence, and need for change in the human experience. But then spoke of his belief that change would come for the better:”

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted. Every hill and mountain shall be made low.
The rough places will be made plain.
And the crooked places will be made straight.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and flesh shall see it together. This is our hope.

~ Elizabeth de Almeida

“Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Devin Moore, baritone (Viola major)
Carnegie, Pennsylvania
Student of Samuel Rhodes

“Dr. King’s focus in life was to have his voice and the voices of his people, let alone the entire human race, be heard. He avoided violence and used spoken word to affect millions and influence the generations following. It is our duty and responsibility to make them hear us.”

~ Devin Moore

MITCH LEIGH (1926-2014)
“The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha
Lyrics by Joe Darion

Jose Maldonado, baritone
Whittier, California
Student of Maitland Peters

“I have chosen to sing this song for this tribute to Martin Luther King because its message is not only to dream the big dream, but the impossible dream. An impossible dream is about achieving what hasn’t been done before, about shaking the status quo. It is about reaching new heights and opening the opportunity of realization to others. Dr. King did just that: His dream was a dream so big many thought it would be impossible, yet it’s become possible as the decades have passed. It has become a reality through the souls he has inspired that carry this dream. The dream endures, and continues to be realized.

The song personifies the challenges of achieving the impossible; the grit, resiliency, determination, courage, and sacrifice that are required to realize a dream. We commemorate Dr. King for his grit, resiliency, determination, courage, and, ultimately, his sacrifice, to realize his.”

~ Jose Maldonada


Andrei Romanov, piano
Moscow, Russia
Student of Nina Svetlanova

A Reading of Dr. King’s Writing on Music

Melanie Dorsey
MSM’s Director of Student Engagement

“Let It Sing” from Violet
Lyrics by Brian Crawley

Willie Beaton II, baritone
Jacksonville, Florida
Student of Claudia Catania

Sining Liu, piano
Nanning, China
Student of Solomon Mikowsky

“I chose this song because it is about finding the power to take care of yourself in difficult circumstances. Life will throw you curve balls and make it hard to progress, but by allowing yourself the freedom to be yourself everything will come out right in the end. I believe this song directly ties into the ideals and messages that Dr. King fought for.”

~ Willie Beaton II

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor
Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)

Alexander Bui, piano
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
Student of Olga Kern

“Martin Luther King was a person of goodness and caring. He was a leader who filled his speeches with inspiration and moved his listeners. He fought against injustice and was not afraid to stand up for what is right! I chose this selection, which is filled with excitement and passion, as was the life of Dr. King.”

~ Alexander Bui

GENE SCHEER (b. 1958)
American Anthem

Casey Molino Dunn, baritone
Director,  MSM’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship

Alexander Bui, piano
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
Student of Olga Kern

“The lyrics and musical sentiment of this piece very much connect with the work and legacy of MLK. The first verse vividly displays this:”

All we’ve been given by those who came before,
The dream of a nation where freedom would endure,
The work and prayers of centuries have brought us to this day,
What shall be our legacy? What will our children say?

Let them say of me, I was one who believed in sharing the blessings I received.
Let me know in my heart when my days are through, America, America,
I gave my best to you.

“The premiere was by Denyce Graves in 1998 for President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton at the Smithsonian Institution, launching President Clinton’s “Save America’s Treasures” initiative.”

~ Casey Molino Dunn

Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60

Sining Liu, piano Nanning, China
Student of Solomon Mikowsky

Change Makes the World Go Round

Matthew Jamal Scott, double bass
North Bethesda, Maryland
Student of Jeremy McCoy

“I wrote this piece to remind people that we’ve come a long way, but there is still so much violence in the world that we must overcome. In this piece there is a short vocal part and the lyrics directly speak on police brutality. The main message is that colors and differences are what keep this world going. It’s what makes this world vibrant and special. Yet people are still being judged, beaten, and shot for those very differences. We need to make a change.”

~ Matthew Jamal Scott


Seul Woo Lee, soprano
Seoul, South Korea
Student of Ashley Putnam

Sungah Baek, piano
Seoul, South Korea
Student of Thomas Muraco

“This prayer is famous around the world and in the Christian religion. Dr. King was a Baptist minister who strongly believed in the power of faith and its ability to inspire and enlighten us even in the darkest of times.”

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.

~ Seul Woo Lee