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We Shall Overcome
A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

featuring Damien Sneed

February 20, 2020



Composer and pianist Damien Sneed's tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrates a living lineage of African-American music and culture that ranges from gospel, spirituals, and classical music to jazz and Broadway. Sneed, who has collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, the Clark Sisters, Aretha Franklin, and Jessye Norman, is joined by five singers and a live band for a program of iconic songs by Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Nina Simone, as well as traditional spirituals that evoke the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement. The music is interwoven with excerpts of Dr. King's recorded speeches.

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Pictured: Composer and pinaist Damien Sneed performs We Shall Overcome Thursday, February 20, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
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Pictured: Composer and pinaist Damien Sneed performs We Shall Overcome Thursday, February 20, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
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Pictured: Composer and pinaist Damien Sneed performs We Shall Overcome Thursday, February 20, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
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