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As part of the City of Norfolk’s tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., presented in collaboration with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and HARMONY Project partner churches, the annual “Songs for a Dreamer” concert will be presented virtually this year, including welcoming remarks by Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander.  In addition to the traditional invocation, delivered by Pastor Robert Lee of Collinswood Agape Baptist Church, excerpts from inspiring speeches made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be recited by Pastor Jerome Barber of Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Temple and Pastor Geoffrey Guns of Second Calvary Baptist Church.  A string quartet will perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with featured vocal soloist, Dr. Gregory Gardner of Norfolk State University; George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings;” the African American hymn, “He Looked Beyond My Faults,” and Adolphus Hailstork’s, “Adagio for Strings.”  

This year, the Dreamer Award will be presented to Beverly Kane Baker, former principal violist of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, based on her outstanding example of the King legacy relative to areas of diversity and inclusion and furthering their impact in the orchestral arena.

This shortened but powerful presentation, honoring Dr. King’s life and accomplishments, will be pre-recorded and available to the Hampton Roads community at large via the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s YouTube Channel for 45 days beginning January 18, 2021.  The “Songs for a Dreamer” concert has been presented by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the HARMONY Project and the City of Norfolk since January 2012. Since its inception in the 2005-2006 season of the Orchestra, the HARMONY Project continues to serve as an example of how the power of music can bring all people together.

The HARMONY Project is one of the VSO’s longest-running education and community engagement program. It brings together the many diverse individuals and talents of our Hampton Roads community and is sustained through the generosity of our friends and partners throughout our region. You can join us in supporting the HARMONY Project by making a gift to the VSO today – click here and help advance the HARMONY Project!


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