Boston Children's Chorus, Academy Award-winning Actor Louis Gossett Jr. and the Young People's Chorus of New York City Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A community of young people join their hearts and voices to celebrate a dream with the Annual MLK Concert Tribute on Jan. 19. The program will be nationally televised, live from Jordan Hall in Boston.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a vision of a world without limits, a world where anyone no matter their race or gender could co-exist in unity. While we still have many challenges to reach his dream, it is time to step back and celebrate what successes we have had in this journey

Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 9, 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. More than 45 years later, the singers of the Boston Children's Chorus (BCC) are carrying it forward for future generations.

On Monday, January 19, the BCC will join special guests Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. and the Young People's Chorus of New York City for "Raising the Roof!" a nationally televised tapestry of words and music honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It is the responsibility of every generation to raise the quality of life for the next one," said Gossett, who in 2006 launched The Eracism Foundation, a non-profit organization which seeks to promote education and awareness of racism, ignorance and social apathy.

"This is progress," he said of the BCC. "This is great progress and a model for the rest of our nation."

In a nation with a contentious history and sometimes racially-charged climate, the children of the BCC seek to harness the power and joy of music as a catalyst to unite our nation's diverse communities and inspire social change. Coming from more than 50 communities in and around Boston, these talented singers transcend race and class in pursuit of something greater than themselves. They are honored and proud of their efforts to carry on Dr. King's legacy, particularly on the eve of the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a vision of a world without limits, a world where anyone no matter their race or gender could co-exist in unity. While we still have many challenges to reach his dream, it is time to step back and celebrate what successes we have had in this journey," BCC Artistic Director Anthony Trecek-King said. "It is in the young that we can clearly see and hear the future of our world."

The BCC will continue their mission of change in June, when they travel to Jordan at the invitation of King Abdullah II and perform a selection of pieces that meld American and Arabic musical traditions.

"We want to extend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message to our time," said Mia Ferguson, one of the singers who will make the trip this summer. "We really need to bridge the divide between our cultures and music is a way to do that."

The show will air live at 7 p.m. EST in major markets around the country, including Boston, Washington, D.C., Tampa-St. Petersburg, Phoenix, Cleveland, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Sacramento, Orlando-Daytona Beach, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Cincinnati and Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville. The event is made possible thanks to Media Partner WCVB-TV Channel 5 and National Presenting Sponsor State Street Corporation.

For more information please visit http://www.bostonchildrenschorus.org.

About the Boston Children's Chorus:
The Boston Children's Chorus is an accomplished children's singing group with nine choirs and 300 singers ranging from age seven to eighteen years old. Founded by Boston educator and activist Hubie Jones in 2003 and led by Artistic Director Anthony Trecek-King, the BCC seeks to harness the power and joy of music as a catalyst to unite our city's diverse communities and inspire social change. The group has performed at the Democratic National Convention, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's Inauguration and with the Boston Pops, as well as in Chicago, Oregon, Mexico and Japan. The group will tour in Jordan at the invitation of King Abdullah II in the summer of 2009.

About Louis Gossett, Jr.
Louis Gossett, Jr. is an internationally acclaimed actor, social entrepreneur, humanitarian, and a passionate advocate of civil rights and diversity. An enduring Hollywood presence for more than five decades, Mr. Gossett ranks as one of the most respected and beloved actors of our time. He is perhaps best known for the role of "Fiddler" in the ground breaking 1977 television mini series "Roots" for which he won an Emmy. He was also the first American-born black male to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the hard-charging gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film "An Officer and a Gentleman." Mr. Gossett, 72, founded the Eracism Foundation in 2006, which seeks to promote education and awareness of racism, ignorance and social apathy.

About the Young People's Chorus of New York City
The Young People's Chorus of New York City has distinguished itself as one of the finest youth choruses in the world. Founded by artistic director Francisco J. Núñez in 1988 with a commitment to diversity and musical excellence, more than 1,100 children of all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds participate annually in the Chorus' core program and in a satellite program in New York City schools. The chorus has won cheers for its performances on three continents, singing everywhere from Carnegie Hall and the White House to Smetana Hall in Prague and St. Martin in the Fields in London. The chorus is in residence at the 92nd Street Y; Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center; and WNYC, New York Public Radio.

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