3rd Annual MLK JanFest – “IN THE TIME OF COVID: Singing in a Strange Land” – Saturday, Jan. 16

They say every cloud has a silver lining. And so, although our 3rd annual observance of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., needs to be online this year, the silver lining is we are able to bring experts from around the country!

This year’s musical headliner is Dr. Rollo Dilworth—one of the leading lights in the choral world today. Dr. Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music and Associate Dean at Temple University in Philadelphia. As part of the day’s activities Dr. Dilworth will take us through three of his pieces, culminating in a “group sing” at the end of the workshop. He’ll also share some of his experiences as a man of color working in classical music and academia.

We’ll also welcome Dr. James Abbington, Associate Professor of Theology at the Candler School at Emory University. Dr. Abbington, or “Jimmy” as he’s known to his friends, is not only a theologian, but also a fine musician, having served as organist at the church of Ralph Abernathy and having direct contact with the family of Dr. King. The theme of our festival is “IN THE TIME OF COVID: Singing in a Strange Land.” Dr. Abbington’s talk will be entitled Spirituals and Gospel songs: Singing in a Strange Time and will take us through the history and meaning behind some of the most important of these songs.

Workshops will also be given by Stevie Springer (last year’s headliner), Dr. Joe Alcorn will fill us in on the latest research regarding Covid-19 and the act of singing. And Talitha and I on maintaining mental health during the time of quarantine.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the United Church of Santa Fe and my Albuquerque-based chorus, Coro Lux. The cost is $37.50, total. The date is Saturday, January 16, 2021, from 9 am to 4:30 pm MST with breaks liberally spread throughout the day. Moreover, the event will be available on the Coro Lux website for two weeks following, for all who have registered. Therefore, you don’t even have to attend all the workshops—or any of them—on the day itself. And you can go back and review things after the fact, is you wish.

For more information or to register, go to abqcorolux.org. This workshop is open to EVERYONE, singers and non-singers alike. We’ll never hear you sing! And since it’s online, people can join us from literally anywhere in the world. So spread the word and join us!

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