On Sunday March 18, at 3 pm, Confluence acapella choir welcomes The Spirituals Project Choir as their special guests. The two groups come together to offer In Honor of Martin, a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The concert will feature Confluence performing the commissioned piece, In Honor of Martin by Dr. David Hurd, accompanied by Jeff Jenkins on piano and John and Harry Olsson on drums and bass. In addition, the Spirituals Project Choir will present a moving and inspiring variety of music selected specifically for this special concert.
The Spirituals Project was founded in 1998 by Dr. Arthur C. Jones to preserve and revitalize the music and teachings of the sacred folk songs called “spirituals,” created and first sung by African Americans in slavery. The Project embraces a multidimensional mission through the prism of "REAP," an acronym that is shorthand for the four pillars of Research, Education, Activism, and Performance. The Choir consists of singers of all ages and backgrounds with varying degrees of musical experience. They celebrate the varied traditions of the spirituals, and provide opportunities for people to connect personally with the spirituals through performance. In September of 2016, The Spirituals Project joined the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. M. Roger Holland, II, is the Spirituals Project’s new director.
Confluence was formed in the fall of 2006 by Allison Olsson and several singers with a similar vision. Their idea was a small choir with no more than 20 singers, which would sing an eclectic variety of challenging music truly excellently. All the members of the choir share that common goal. During the past few years, Confluence has realized a passion for performing the work of living composers, particularly American composers. This concert is part of the Confluence Tenth Anniversary Series.
Please join us for what is sure to be a profound and meaningful afternoon. You will hear beautiful pieces written in memory of Dr. King as well as spirituals that carry Dr. King's hopes for peace and tolerance forward, at a time when the world still needs his healing me