Sing for King to honor concert organizer

Sing for King, a Laurel celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will take place Sunday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Laurel High School auditorium, 8000 Cherry Lane.

The seventh annual concert, co-sponsored by the city of Laurel, Laurel Clergy Association and Sing for King Choir, also will celebrate the life of Dr. Mack Statham, a Laurel composer whose works will be performed in the concert and who was the principal organizer of Sing for King for six years. Statham died in September.

Statham completed one of the works that will be performed less than a week before his death. The work's theme is the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

The concert choir, comprised of members of numerous churches and synagogues, will be accompanied by two pianos and a brass and timpani ensemble of primarily U.S. Army Field Band musicians.

The event also will include readings from King's speeches and writings, and the reading of prize-winning essays by local students.

There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of the event.

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