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Celebration of Black History honors the significant impact of African-American culture on classical and symphonic music, as well as the artistry and creativity of black artists, conductors and composers.

Conducted by Kevin McBeth, a 30-year veteran in music ministry and in leading choral music ensembles, this year’s lively and poignant program includes Michael Abels’ Dance for Martin’s Dream, Barber’s stirring Adagio for Strings with accompanying narration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” by Denise Herd, founder and owner of Indianapolis-based Herd Strategies, Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown, and Beige, and several moving spirituals performed by internationally-renowned baritone, Lawrence Craig.

Admission to the ISO’s Celebration of Black History concert is free; however, a general admission ticket is required. Patrons can pick up tickets in advance or on the day of the concert at the ISO Box Office. Seating for this event is on a first-come, first-served basis. The concert is approximately 90 minutes and is performed without intermission.

This special event is sponsored by The Indianapolis Recorder and Indianapolis Power & Light Company. Radio One is the media partner for the program.

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