Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honored with Performances

By Shannon Houston

Axium Brass. (Photo Cred/ Elizabeth Sattlelberger)

Axium Brass. (Photo Cred/ Elizabeth Sattlelberger)

The SOU chamber ensemble, Chamber Music Concerts, will be hosting an evening intertwining music with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 20, in the SOU Music Recital Hall.

The event will honor King with performances from chamber music group Axiom Brass intermixed with readings of King’s letters and speeches by former poet laureate Lawson Inada.

Former Oregon poet laureate Lawson Inada. (Photo from Jody Schmidt)

Former Oregon poet laureate Lawson Inada. (Photo from Jody Schmidt)

Part of the evening will include two key pieces performed by Axiom Brass, titled Morning Music and Music for Brass: Sacred & Profane. Morning Music deals with the death of composer David Samson’s brother, who was murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazis in 1979.

Axium Brass. (Photo Cred/ Elizabeth Sattlelberger)

Axium Brass. (Photo Cred/ Elizabeth Sattlelberger)

The other piece to be performed, Music for Brass: Sacred & Profane, was composed by George Walker, the first African-American composer to receive the Pulitzer Prize in music.

The evening is designed both to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as well as to contribute to a host of events surrounding the current campus theme of race. This event is free to all.

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