The power of music to inspire, energize, and build community was very much in evidence on Monday, February 7, at Ithaca College’s annual concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A rousing mix of spirituals, gospels, chorales, opera, rap, and musical theatre, together with African drumming and dance, brass, percussion, wind, jazz, concert band and orchestral pieces, raised the roof—and lifted spirits.
“It felt good for the soul!” said Ithaca resident Trena Haffenden. “And I was so impressed by all the talent. I felt the passion, the hope, and the commitment to continue Dr. King’s work.”
Held in Glazer Arena in the college’s Athletics and Event Center, the event saw the School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts joining forces in advance of the establishment of the college’s new School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in July. More than 400 students participated alongside faculty, community members, and guest artists. Their collective joy and excitement at performing in person before an audience — in some cases for the first time in two years — was palpable.