FoCo Music News

Jan16

Color of Change

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day. As I sat and watched the news reports scroll by online,  I was also regaled by MLK quote after MLK quote. The man had a way with words, and all of them seem to be particularly relevant these days.

So here’s what I discovered when I opened my computer: yesterday Isaac Newton Farris, a nephew of King’s, addressed Trump and Pence:  “If my uncle were here today, the first thing he would say is, ‘What are we or what are you doing for others?’ ” He added that King’s widow (and his aunt), Coretta Scott King, had asked Congress to call the holiday a day of service. Trump responded by heading to his golf club, with a full day of nothing on his presidential calendar.

I really can’t wrap my head around how far as a nation we have to go. Every DAY there is something that fills up my news feed that makes me feel insane and helpless.  But even as we may feel helpless, we can heed the awesomely named Isaac Newton Farris’ admonishment and ask ourselves what we are doing for others.  Because it is true that there is not one person in this country who is incapable of doing something, large or small, to serve. To make our community, our country a better place.

One of the things we here at Classical Revolution want to do is to bring people together with art….we’ve been doing that for several years now, but this time we want to add some dimension to our offering. We want to encourage a dialog, to provoke some thought, and find ways to explore the issues of race and diversity through music and dance.

On February 2 and 3, we will present Color of Change. This interdisciplinary exploration of our perceptions of culture and diversity will feature nationally regarded tenor, Anthony McGlaun, and new CSU dance professors, Madeline and Matt Harvey. We will present works of underperformed African American composers, such as Florence B. Price, Hale Smith, Nathaniel Dett, and William Grant Still – CSU flute professor Michelle Stanley will join us, as will a small choir of local singers who will perform the magnificent Chariot Jubilee.

We are so excited to bring this innovative and ambitious program to our community. We know in the grand scheme of things, it’s probably a relatively minor thing, but it’s one way we can serve our community. It’s something we can do to bring people together to celebrate a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.


Color of Change Concert Information:

Friday, February 2, 7PM
Zion Lutheran Church (Map)
Donations are suggested and will be taken at the door.

Saturday, February 3, 7PM,
University Dance Theater at the UCA (Map)
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Both performances will feature a pre-concert talk at 6PM. Please join us!

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