The concert will take place on July 17th which marks the one year anniversary of Eric Garner's homicide and will feature the music of Leonard Bernstein and William Grant Still, an African American classical composer with many firsts to his name. The event is part-concert, part-rally and will benefit the Center for Constitutional Rights, Justice League NYC, the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, and MusicKitchenFood for the Soul, to support their ongoing efforts of advocacy and support for communities of color. Sankofa.org is pleased to support this event which boldly brings the classical music community to the forefront of activism.
The concert will be held at The Salvation Army’s Centennial Memorial Temple, located at 120 West 14th Street. Tickets are $25 general admission and $35 at the door, and the event will take place on July 17 at 7:30 P.M. Notable speakers include activist Erica Garner; artist-activist Molly Crabapple; the director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Vince Warren; MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid; and Broadway performer Tanya Birl (On the Town). The event will include the artwork of artist/activist Molly Crabapple, and include notable musicians such as soprano Janinah Burnett, baritone Stephen Salters, violinist Kelly HallTompkins,and Grammy award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams. For more information, visit www.TheDreamUnfinished.org.
The ambitious goal of “The Dream Unfinished: A Symphonic Benefit for Civil Rights” is for music to function as it has for centuries — as a means for people to come together in solidarity. It is a gathering of orchestral musicians, and nationally prominent artists, who will join the chorus of calls for civil rights, social justice, and an end to systemic racism.