Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(San Antonio, TX)  The San Antonio Symphony celebrates and spotlights the accomplishments of the American Civil Rights Movement, paying tribute to its most famous leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special community concert on January 15, 2017 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.  Conducted by André Raphel, the San Antonio Symphony and the MLK Mass Choir, with director Jerome Roberson, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Concert program includes the inspiring poem-set-to-music, Lift Every Voice and Sing, sections of Hailstork’s Three Spirituals for Orchestra, as well as works by Coleridge-Taylor, Beethoven, Duke Ellington, and others.

Tickets are on sale now.  Purchase online at, via phone (210) 223-8624 and in person at The Tobin Center Box Office (100 Auditorium Circle, 78205).  General Admission tickets are just $10.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Concert

January 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center
André Raphel, conductor
MLK Mass Choir
Jerome Roberson, director

In addition to the inspiring Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Concert, the San Antonio Symphony is also hosting Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Peoples Concerts – a series of admission free performances for local students. Engaged with selections that include music by Americans William Grant Still, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein as well as living composers Adolphus Hailstork and Joseph Schwantner, attending students will learn about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and how his contributions to society helped shape our nation as it is today.

As an interactive enhancement to the 2017 Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Young People’s Concert program, the San Antonio Symphony will conduct a “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Contest” for attending 5th grade students, the winners of which will be invited to recite excerpts from Dr. King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech onstage at the concerts.  More information on the speech contest visit

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Young People’s Concerts
Jan. 18, 2017 | Edgewood Theatre of Performing Arts
Jan. 19, 20 & 31, 2017 | Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Jan. 24, 2017 | Judson ISD Performing Arts Center

All performances 9:45 am and 11:10 am
Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
Cristal Smith-Byrd, vocalist

The Tobin Center’s Education Initiative, Generation Next is a Presenting Partner for this program.

About the San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony is a non-profit performing arts organization with the mission to inspire and enrich our community by vigorously influencing the artistic fabric of San Antonio through excellent symphonic performance, education and service. The San Antonio Symphony, with more than 70 professional musicians, serves over 130,000 people per year including over 40,000 students. For more information about the Symphony visit or connect with us on Facebook (San Antonio Symphony), Twitter (@Sasym), Instagram (@Sasymphony) or Snapchat (sasymph).

Media Contact

Kelley Kendall
Press and Promotions Manager
The Tobin Center
210-223-3333 ext. 7131

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