Locals highlight Corinth Symphony MLK tribute

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The Corinth Symphony Orchestra and special guest readers and performers from the community join for a Feb. 21 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center.
The event, which was postponed from Jan. 31, repeats a format that was widely acclaimed last year, said symphony conductor and music director Maurice Weatherall.
“It’s a modern-day twist on a lesson in carols,” Weatherall said. “The speakers read excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches and writings and the orchestra plays one, two or three selections that tie into the excerpt that’s been read.”
An example is King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which the orchestra will follow with “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”
“I chose ‘Troubled Waters’ because of an idea that when you’re out there fighting – even when you know it’s right – you’re sometimes a little down, feeling like you’re fighting alone,” Weatherall said.
There will be eight speeches read by community activists and leaders, who include Arch Bullard, Rochelle Jenkins, Pauline Sorrell, Kim Ratliff, Becky Williams, Shirley Rowland, Allen Bean. A recently-added reader will be Angela McGlowan, a Republican candidate for Congress.
The program is being recorded, and audio CDs should be available for purchase within a few weeks, Weatherall said. Interested individuals may contact the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which sponsored the program together with the C.A.R.E. Foundation.
“People in Corinth hearing local leaders read these excerpts will give it a little extra something,” Weatherall said. “It gives the community a chance to see their local leaders in a different light, to see them like ourselves and gain a better appreciation of these civic leaders as they express the significance of Dr. King’s speeches. These are people who are helping to better things in the community every day, and it’s a very powerful combination.”

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