Let Freedom Sing

Ebenezer Baptist Church & Byham Theater
January 14 & 16
7 p.m.

There are so many meaningful ways to celebrate and honor the life and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. aaround Pittsburgh this yearand not just on one day.

One event not to miss—and offering two convenient locations on two different days—is the special 10th anniversary edition of a cherished local MLK Day tradition.

Taking place on Saturday, January 14th at Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Hill District and again on Monday, January 16th at the Byham Theater Downtown, the Let Freedom Sing! concert series embodies the vision and wisdom of the Civil Rights leader through an inspiring program that blends music, oratory and dance.

Let Freedom Sing
Photo by Robert Bailey.

The evening concerts will feature the acclaimed Pittsburgh-based artist Vanessa German, The Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh, and the MLK Festival Choirwhich includes vocalists young and old from urban and suburban areas, including The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Franklin Regional High School, Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh, and more.

Showcasing a varied repertoire of works, the production will feature more than 12 musical selections by spoken word artist Vanessa German.

The multi-disciplinary concerts will also spotlight the talents of the Trevor C. Dance Collective and Reed Dance II troupe. At the helm of Let Freedom Sing! are co-artistic directors and founders Rev. Dr. Herbert V.R.P. Jones, director of The Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh, and Kris Rust, music minister at Allegheny UU Churchwho have been collaborating on the landmark event for a decade.

Monetary donations for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will be accepted at the Ebenezer Baptist Church concert on Saturday. Tickets for the Byham concert on Monday are on sale online or at the theater on the day of the concert.

Let Freedom Sing

Looking for more events? Check out our Top 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in JanuaryTop 9 family events in Pittsburgh this January and our 17 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in 2017 feature stories.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.