Combined Fresno State, Fresno City choirs honor Dr. King’s memory, Black History Month

Fresno State choirs will team up with Fresno City College choirs for “Walk in Peace: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month.” The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in the Fresno State Concert Hall.

The program will focus on the African American spiritual, combining excerpts of readings from the speeches of significant Americans from the Civil Rights struggle including Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Pearl S. Buck, Langston Hughes and  Dr. King. Two Fresno State Theatre Arts majors — Joshua Slack and Jimmy Haynie — will do the readings.

This is the second annual Walk in Peace concert featuring the Fresno State choirs in collaboration with the Fresno City College choirs.

“After the success of last year’s concert, we decided to make this an annual event for the two school’s choral departments,” said Dr. Cari Earnhart, director of choral activities for Fresno State. “It is our hope that this concert will not only honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his tragic death, but leave our audience with a sense of peace, hope and unity.”

Combined pieces include a choral arrangement of U2s “MLK,” “Shed a Little Light” by Fresno City College music instructor Mike Dana, and “All of Us”’ from “Considering Matthew Shepard” by Craig Hella Johnson. 

Tickets for “Walk in Peace” are $5 each.



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