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Wadada Leo Smith to Receive Commission From Fromm Music Foundation

Trumpeter will write and perform a new composition to mark 50th anniversary of March on Washington

Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith, photo copyright Lyn Horton

Trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith has been chosen by the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard to receive a commission, for which he will write a new work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Tentatively titled “The March on Washington D.C.-August 28, 1963,” the piece will be the 22nd composition in Smith’s civil rights work Ten Freedom Summers, which he has written over the past 34 years.

The new work, composed for Smith’s Golden Quartet, along with string quartet and harp, will premiere on the final evening of a three-night performance of the complete Ten Freedom Summers collection at Roulette in Brooklyn on May 1-3.

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