Let Freedom Ring!
Gospel Meets Symphony: Let Freedom Ring! is a musical celebration of America’s heritage and diversity. The Akron Symphony Orchestra and a 200-voice choir blend two genres â€” gospel and classical melodies â€” for a unique and uplifting concert experience.
This program airs on WOSU TV on Sept. 1 at 9pm.
Maestro Christopher Wilkins leads the combined orchestra and choir from more than 50 local churches in performances from Verdi’s Nabucco, in addition to When I Rose This Morning and Ride on King Jesus.
Guest conductor Dr. Roland Carter â€” internationally-known composer, arranger and teacher â€” will wield the baton for his well-known arrangement of the ”African American national anthem” Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, along with his arrangement of the Negro spiritual In Bright Mansions.
Charles J. Myricks is a local composer and minister at Arlington Church of God who has written several songs and two full musicals â€” Paul: A Musical Journey, about the apostle, and the Christmas-themed The Miracle of Love. Myricks is also the founder of gospel vocal group Divine Hope. He will conduct his own works I Made It Home, I Thank My God, and I Know the Lord, and for the first time in the concert’s history, the soloists will perform in costume.
Also on the program is Jerry Smith’s When I Rose This Morning; And Praise, And Praise; Keep Your Loving Arms Around Me; and another spiritual, Ride On King Jesus.