Airs Sunday, January 19 at 6 p.m. In this hour-long special host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause. Martin Luther King grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.
Airs Monday, February 11 at 9 p.m. This past Martin Luther King Holiday (January, 2013) Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo performed live at the Bank of America Plaza in downtown Los Angeles in honor of Dr. King. Producer Jim Luce shares the live recording of this solo performance, mixed with Luis' own comments about his introduction to the Civil Rights Movement, and his own musical journey from his home in Caracas, to the jazz capital of the world, New York City.
Airs Tuesday, Monday 16 at 11:00 a.m. Lead by their conductor, Robert Spano, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a King Celebration. Hosted by Fred Child and Lois Reitzes, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Yo-Yo Ma, and the Spelman and Morehouse College Glee Choirs in works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schwantner and Dvorak.