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Saturday, May 5th, 2018
The Hymns to Freedom Project comes at a period of heightened racial tensions, injustice and inequality in our society. In the midst of disheartening headlines, the timely project communicates the truth that love and unity are more powerful than hate and discord. Inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, composer Corey Butler, has created moving classical orchestrations to communicate the story of African American heritage supported by a diverse orchestra and renowned singer, Jackie Richardson. Mr. Butler's compositions fuse Classical Music and the Negro Spiritual and highlights the unlikely influences the genres have on each other. Tensions and resolutions in the pieces are juxtaposed against past and present racial environments and show that when united, our differences can blend to create incredible masterpieces. The show communicates the ideals of love, respect and unity, and promises to entertain and inspire guests with the message that, We Are Better Together.