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“We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

We Shall Overcome_crédit Frank Stewart (CNW Group/Place des Arts)

On January 16, 2020, Place des Arts will thrill to a mix of traditional and modern music—
including gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals—
in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Damien Sneed and Alicia Peters-Jordan_credit Frank Stewart (CNW Group/Place des Arts)

MONTREALDec. 12, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Place des Arts is proud to present Damien Sneed’s 40+city North American tour of “We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in Théâtre Maisonneuve. Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” is a joyous celebration with repertoire from across African American music traditions that have electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders, interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

Featuring a 9-piece ensemble of some of the world’s foremost musical talent, the show ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional and modern gospel, classical, jazz, musical theatre, and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin to Wynton MarsalisDuke Ellington to Stevie WonderNina Simone to Donny Hathaway, along with traditional spirituals and music from “The Wiz,” Sneed’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance. As a multi-instrumentalist and producer, Damien Sneed has worked with jazz, classical, pop, and R&B legends including the late Aretha Franklin, as well as his mentor Jessye Norman—recently serving as the musical director for her funeral service. He has also worked with Wynton MarsalisStevie WonderDiana Ross, Ashford & Simpson, Lawrence Brownlee, and many others. Joining Sneed on tour will be an ensemble of multi-genre vocalists and instrumentalists.

Key Takeaways:

  • This is the only We Shall Overcome Canadian date in 2020
  • The event takes place the day after the 90th anniversary of Dr. King’s birth, and 4 days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
January 16, 2020
Tickets: www.placedesarts.com

Discussion – “Civil Rights: identity, oppression, and emancipation
Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme
January 9, 2020 at 5:00 PM – Free (in French with spontaneous English translation)

Building on the show “We Shall Overcome” and the play Héritage (A Raisin in the Sun) at Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, Place des Arts is addressing the history of civil rights in a discussion on cultural identity and changing social mores with regard to communities that have lived under the shadow of oppression. The historical baggage of these communities has become for many of their members an engine for beneficial transformation. How can it shed light on the present and the future, allowing for a change in perceptions and social frameworks, and the shaping of an egalitarian society in which everyone can flourish?

Host: Philippe Fehmiu

Guests: Michael Farkas, President of Black History Month; Mireille Metellus, actor in the cast of Héritage at Duceppe; Alexandra Lorange, jurist and researcher on constitutional law

About Place des Arts
Place des Arts is Canada’s largest performing arts centre with 6 venues, 8,000 seats, 1,000 events and over a million audience members and participants per year. In the heart of Montreal, Place des Arts produces, co-produces, and hosts artistic works from home and abroad, featuring both emerging artists and international stars, in collaboration with arts organizations, producers, creative artists, and the entire cultural milieu. Among others, the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme offers an exceptional access to the performing arts program, occupied as it is year round by more than 700 free animated activities and exhibitions. Its vast outside Esplanade is the main gathering area for the millions of people drawn by festivals, so characteristic of Montréal.

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