Let Freedom Sing 2020 Concerts

Sat, Jan 18 2020 at 7:00 pm

The 13th Annual LET FREEDOM SING Concerts [LET FREEDOM SING ] celebrate unity and diversity on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend by presenting inspirational choral music and spoken while raising funds to fight hunger in the region.

Admission is free with open seating, and monetary donations are accepted to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

On Sat., Jan. 18, 2020 LET FREEDOM SING takes place at 7 pm at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2001 Wylie Ave., Pittsburgh, 15219.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon., Jan. 20, 2020 the concert is at 7 pm at the Woodland Hills High School Auditorium, 2550 Greensburg Pike, Churchill, 15218.

Lynne Hayes-Freeland, News Radio 1020 midday host, is emcee.

Let Freedom Sing aims to erase geographic, demographic, and economic lines as singers and hip hop artists from city and suburb converge to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.

Both concerts celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and showcase The Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh and the intergenerational, inter-faith MLK FESTIVAL CHOIR, comprised of singers from high school, church, temple and community choirs from across Greater Pittsburgh and conducted by Dr. Herbert Jones, founding director of The Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh.

In addition to spirituals and gospel music from the choirs, both Concerts feature hip hop artists of 1 Hood Media. Saturday's concert features the Jacquea Mae.  Monday’s concert showcases Vic Muthama.

“Unity and love are ideas that Dr. King stressed in his work, and we lift up these ideas in our singing,” says co-founder and producer Kris Rust, who is also a music minister in the Unitarian Universality Churches of Greater Pittsburgh.

“For more than a decade," says Rust, "this concert series has been empowering all of us to come together through music and find unity and love in the face of segregation, economic injustice, and racial tension.”

Collaborating with Rust for the 13th year on the LET FREEDOM SING concerts is co-founder and Principal Conductor Rev. Dr. Herbert V.R.P. Jones.

THE MLK FESTIVAL CHOIR is made up of singers from the Heritage Gospel Chorale and choirs from Avonworth High School, Pittsburgh’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), Ebenezer Baptist Church, The Lemington Chorale, Temple Sinai, Woodland Hills High School and the Greater Pittsburgh Unitarian Universalist Churches.

CONCERT AND TICKET DETAILS

Admission is free with open seating, and monetary donations are accepted to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

On Sat., Jan. 18, 2020 LET FREEDOM SING takes place at 7 pm at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2001 Wylie Ave., Pittsburgh 15219.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon., Jan. 20, 2020 the concert is at 7 pm at the Woodland Hills High School Auditorium, 2550 Greensburg Pike in Churchill, 15218.
For directions or questions, e-mail letfreedomsingpittsburgh@gmail.com or call 412-352-8488

Visit the Let Freedom Sing website at www.letfreedomsing.net. Also see Facebook or Twitter @FreedomSingPgh for more details.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

THE HERITAGE GOSPEL CHORALE OF PITTSBURGH, under the direction of Dr. Herbert V.R.P. Jones, co-artistic director of Let Freedom Sing, is acclaimed for its inspirational performances of American Gospel music. Through its engagement of singers of all ages, races, and ethnicities, the Chorale serves and cultivates diverse choir membership and audiences by infusing an appreciation of gospel music, including new works and arrangements. Founded in 2007 as The Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, the Chorale was the first regional ensemble dedicated to the genre.

1Hood Media is a collective of socially conscious artists and activists who utilize art as a means of raising awareness about social justice matters affecting people around the world. 

Read more about venues and Dr. Herbert V.R.P. Jones, Kris Rust, Lynne Hayes-Freeland, The Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh, 1Hood Media artists, at LetFreedomSing.net.

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Theater
Spoken Word
Kids
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