A musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. is coming to Place des Arts next month

Dec 12 2019, 10:28 am

Place des Arts will be mixing gospel, classic, jazz, Broadway, and spiritual music in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr for a tribute in January.

Damien Sneed’s 40-city North American tour of We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will premiere in Montreal for the first time on January 16, 2020, at the timeless Théâtre Maisonneuve.

Inspired by the words and actions of the civil rights leader, We Shall Overcome is “a joyous celebration with repertoire from across African American music traditions that have electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders, interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.”

The event will take place the day after what would have been King’s 90th birthday and 4 days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We Shall Overcome’s Montreal stop is the tour’s only Canadian date in 2020.

Featuring a nine-piece musical ensemble, the show ties together music and culture that spans traditional and modern genres, including covers of Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, and Donny Hathaway. The show will cover a wide range of music in a single and powerful performance.

According to the press release, Damien Sneed, the show’s multi-instrumentalist and producer, has excelled at jazz, classical, pop, and R&B. He’s worked with Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Ashford & Simpson, Lawrence Brownlee, and many others.

Tickets for We Shall Overcome are available now through the Place des Arts website.

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When: Thursday, January 16
Time: 8 pm
Where: Place des Arts, Théâtre Maisonneuve
Price: $35.52 – $95.80, available online