The Ithaca College School of Music, Theatre, and Dance held its annual concert honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Jan. 27, in Ford Hall, Whalen Center for Music. Free and open to the public, the concert featured the world premiere of “Don’t Look Away (Requiem for a World that Never Was),” a thought-provoking piece about racism in America.
Directed by Baruch Whitehead, associate professor of music education, the concert allowed attendees to experience the heart of the African-American musical experience, including spirituals, gospel, jazz, and popular. There was also a reading of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
Among the performers were student ensembles from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers; and alumni and faculty—including first-year assistant voice professor Jean Bernard Cerin as part of the duo Kuwento Mizik and Grammy-winning opera and Broadway artist Zachary James ’05.
Video of the concert will be available for viewing in the concerts archive.