The holiday season may be over, but there is still much to look forward this winter. I'm excited for the upcoming We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. show which is coming to the UMASS Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on January 28. I'm even more excited that the FAC has generously offered to host a giveaway so one lucky family can attend the show for FREE.
We Shall Overcome is a celebration of African-American music and the civil rights activists who have been inspired and electrified by the tradition. Interspersed with the spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening brings together gospel and spirituals with jazz and Broadway tunes. The production is led by Damien Sneed, a conductor and composer whose unique understanding of these genres allows him to fluidly cover much musical ground. From Nina Simone to The Wiz, Stevie Wonder to traditional spirituals, it’s an evening of music that shows the lineage of these Civil Rights visionaries is still with us today.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is 90 minutes long. You can learn about the entire 2019-2020 season of family performances at the FAC here.
Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets to the show by using the comments field below to share how your family honors the Civil Rights Movement or the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of our family's favorites is the book and film adaptation of The Watsons Go To Birmingham -- a historical fiction piece geared toward ages 10 and up (the film is rated PG). Eden read the book in fifth grade and introduced us to the movie (currently on Prime Video) -- I love it when the kids can be the teacher! Entry period ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14. One winner will be chosen at random from eligible entries. Prize includes two adult and two youth tickets (additional youth tickets are available for purchase for only $10) and the tickets will be held under the winner's name at Will Call on the night of the show. Good Luck!
Show admission includes a pre-performance talk on gospel music and Horace Clarence Boyer in the concert hall lobby at 6:30 p.m. led by Stephanie Shonekan, chair of the UMass W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.
Tickets for We Shall Overcome are available for purchase online starting at only $10. See you at the show!