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Posted on: January 8, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Community Tributes Honor the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Virginia Symphony, in partnership with the City, presents Songs for a Dreamer – A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The free concert features orchestral and vocal performances that honor the legacy of Dr. King.

NORFOLK, VA –  The public is invited to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two free, community events planned in his honor. 

  The concert will be Sunday, January 20 at 7:00 pm at Second Calvary Baptist Church 2940
Corprew Avenue.

The multi-media concert will feature the musicians of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances from NSU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by director Frank T. Elliott. The NSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble combines song, dance, improvisation, and collaborative ingenuity, resulting in an extraordinary show choir that exhibits an alluring sensitivity for the jazz idiom.   The Ensemble will be performing There Is A Balm and Glory from the movie Selma.

This concert will also feature soloists Eden Crumbly and Stephanie Saunders. Eden Crumbly, age 14, has played the violin since she was three years old and currently is a member of both the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Capriccio Ensemble through the Academy of Music. Stephanie Saunders is a concert bassoonist and jazz saxophonist and the Assistant Band Director (Spartan “Legion” Marching Band) and Director of the NSU Jazz Ensembles. A frequent guest with the VSO, Saunders’ rendition of Duke Ellington’s Three Black Kings, Part 3: “Martin Luther King” is a crowd favorite.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the VSO’s annual Dreamer Award to Norfolk native and graduation of Booker T. Washington High School, Thomas Wilkins. Wilkins studied at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston before embarking on highly successful career as an orchestral conductor. 

The City of Norfolk will host its annual ceremony honoring the Dr. King, Jr., on Monday, January 21 at 10:00 am at the Attucks Theatre 1010 Church Street.  Doors open at 9:00 am.  Following the ceremony, the public is invited to march to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony. 

For more information on Songs for a Dreamer, call 757-892-6366 or visit

For more information on the MLK ceremony, call 757-664-4253 or visit 
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