"I Have a Dream" 50th Anniversary Concert, hosted by Benjamin K. Roe
Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7pm on 99.5 WCRB Classical New England
Fifty years ago, as a member of the fledgling educational radio network (a forerunner of today’s NPR), WGBH Radio was one of just a handful of stations to cover the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was an unprecedented gathering of 250,000+ people that culminated with the epic “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on the National Mall by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fifty years later, and closer to home, 99.5 WCRB Classical New England’s microphones will be back out in force in a major public gathering, this time to bring you a musical tribute to the inspiration and ideals that lie at the heart of Dr. King’s dream. Join us Wednesday, August 28, at 7pm for a live broadcast of the Boston Landmark Orchestra’s free concert at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.
Christopher Wilkins will lead the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, One-City Choir, the New England Spiritual ensemble, and special guests in a concert of stirring words and inspirational music by Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Michael Tippett, and Lee Hoiby. The night also will feature the broadcast premiere of Cry, the Beloved Country, Kurt Weill’s moving musical adaptation of the groundbreaking novel about life in South Africa under apartheid.
Tune in this tribute to the man who once declared, “We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody that is far superior to the discords of war.”
For more information, visit the Landmarks Orchestra.
See more 50th Anniversary programming from WGBH.