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SCHEDULE CHANGE (January 13, 2 PM EST): Out of an abundance of caution amid the current conditions of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Washington Performing Arts and the Choral Arts Society of Washington have rescheduled the January 30th presentation of Living the Dream...Singing the Dream. The new date at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall is April 10, 2022. Current ticket holders to the original January 30 event are being contacted directly concerning their options at this time—including using their current tickets for admission to the April 10 event. A total of three 2021/22 events have been rescheduled at this time; for more information on our rescheduling of select events, please see the open letter from President & CEO Jenny Bilfield. We apologize for any inconvenience but thank you for your ongoing support!

The long-running, ever-popular tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to the Kennedy Center as the combined choirs of Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs and Choral Arts celebrate the power of music, collaboration, and the human spirit. The program transcends race, age, and gender to unite all who honor his ideals with songs like You’re the Lifter, My Soul’s Been Anchored, Why Do We Sing?, and the world premiere of Nolan Williams Jr.’s We are the ones to heal our land. 

In addition to the musical program, Choral Arts will present the 2022 Humanitarian Award to award-winning visionary and cultural activist, LaTosha Brown. The award honors individuals who have shown incredible leadership through their dedication to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brown is a nationally recognized, “go-to” expert in Black Voting Rights and Voter Suppression, Black Women’s Empowerment, and Philanthropy. She is the Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute and has worked in 23 different countries to include Kenya, Guyana, and Brazil. Her next mission involves resourcing and empowering women across the diaspora. “I don’t want women to be seen as victims; they are the problem solvers for the world. I am convinced that Black Women are going to liberate the world!” says Brown.

Click here to learn more about the Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and hear speeches by past Humanitarian Award Recipients.

Come Thou Almighty King - Timothy Wright
I Opened My Mouth to the Lord - A. Lela Anderson
You’re the Lifter - Derrick Hall
My Soul’s Been Anchored - Arr. Moses Hogan
Onaga - Tim Godfrey
Why Do We Sing? - Gail Jones Murphy
Stand Up for What’s Right - B. E. Boykin
Didn’t It Rain? - Arr. Donald E. Dillard
We are the ones to heal our land - Nolan Williams Jr.*
Work While it’s a Day - Ralph Herndon

*World premiere co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and the Choral Arts Society of Washington

Shawn Yancy, Host
LaTosha Brown, Humanitarian Award Recipient
Ralph Alan Herndon, soloist

Washington Performing Arts Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel
Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director
Theodore Thorpe III, Artistic Director

The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director

90 minutes, no intermission

Co-presented with the Choral Arts Society of Washington

COVID Safety Notice: As Washington Performing Arts does not own or operate its own venue, Washington Performing Arts audiences will be subject to the current vaccination policy of each event’s venue on the date of the event. The great majority of our venues require proof of vaccination, along with the wearing of masks at all times within indoor facilities. View the Kennedy Center COVID Safety Policy. Please visit our own COVID Safety Policy page for more information and links to all of our partner venues' own COVID Safety policies.

From event sponsors Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib:

Mona and I are delighted to be able to sponsor this wonderful annual event, as it is our highlight program of the year! It was also my father's favorite program, and we are honored to sponsor this event in his memory. Gospel music is such an important facet of the Black experience, which makes it the most quintessential American experience to be enjoyed by all. Washington Performing Arts continues to be the leader in presenting diverse and amazing musical programming, and we are proud to be associated with this great organization.

—Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib


Performances by the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir are made possible through the generous support of Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib, in loving memory of Rudolph Burwell, Sr.; Trista L. P. Colbert and Theodore Colbert; Barbara Myers and Tom Gallagher, in honor of Turnaround, Inc.; and Mrs. Paula Seigle Goldman.

Gospel music programs at Washington Performing Arts are made possible in part through the generous support of The Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation; the Beech Street Foundation and Mr. Jeffrey Bauman and Ms. Linda Fienberg; Barbara Myers and Tom Gallagher, in honor of Turnaround, Inc.; Hubert “Hank” Schlosberg and the Schlosberg Family; Bruce Rosenblum and Lori Laitman; Trista L.P. Colbert and Theodore Colbert; Alison Francis; and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Howard.

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2021/22: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Barbara Myers and Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Additional sponsorships are available for this performance and others in the 2021/22 season. Contact Elizabeth Racheva, Chief Advancement Officer, at Sponsorship@WashingtonPerformingArts.org or (202) 533-1862 to learn more.


DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities