CSO Spiritual Ensemble’s “Freedom Rides On” MLK Tribute Captivates Audience


Under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Ames and David A. Richardson, CSO Spiritual Ensemble and Charleston Symphony orchestra’s multi-media performance dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was well received by the capacity audience in the historic Morris Street Baptist Church’s sanctuary, a congregation Dr. King provided a sermon in 1968 before his death the same year. The CSO Spiritual Ensemble and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra merged European masterworks with dramatic aria’s and the African-American spiritual. The weaving of two enthralled the audience as the classics and the indigenous A cappella sounds of the Spiritual told the incredible legacy Dr. King gave the world.  Through the eyes of the freedom riders fifty-one years ago, the timed photo images connected all the senses in on of the most moving performances producer Lee Pringle has ever conceived.


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