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The Annenberg Center Presents We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 8, 2020

The Annenberg Center Presents We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., January 17

Sphinx Medal of Excellence Musician Damien Sneed Leads Multi-Genre Performance 

(Philadelphia – January 8, 2020) — The Annenberg Center presents We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., Friday, January 17 at 8 PM. Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., We Shall Overcome features repertoire from across African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders. Led by talented multi-genre musician Damien Sneed, recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, this performance weaves spoken word from Dr. King’s speeches with a musical lineage that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals to reinvigorate and inspire future generations. From Aretha Franklin to Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway, and traditional spirituals and music from The Wiz, Sneed’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover a wide span of musical ground in a single performance. Visit AnnenbergCenter.org for ticket information.

Performers joining Damien Sneed for We Shall Overcome include vocalists Chenee Campbell, Markita Knight, Anitra McKinney, Alicia Peters-Jordan, and Linny Smith; Marquéz Cassidy on organ; Arthur Sutton on bass; Joel Tate on drums; and singers from New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir and St. Thomas Gospel Choir

Damien Sneed 

Sneed is a pianist, organist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger and arts educator whose work spans multiple genres. Sneed has worked with jazz, classical, pop and R&B legends including Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Ashford & Simpson, Lawrence Brownlee and many others. The multi-genre recording artist is a recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music. Sneed is currently on a 36-city North American tour with We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The year 2020 marks the 37th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which was signed into law and made a federal holiday in 1983. Sneed recently joined the acclaimed staff of the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) as Music Director and Composer in Residence, and serves as cover conductor for HGO mainstage productions under Patrick Summers, Artistic and Music Director. He has been commissioned to compose a new work for HGO which will have its world premiere on March 5, 2020. damiensneed.com




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