Concert Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. to Feature The Afro-Semitic Experience at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

January 13, 2010 - by NYC News Desk

On Sunday, January 17 at 2 p.m., celebrate the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Afro-Semitic Experience in The Road that Heals the Splintered Soul, a high-energy concert reflecting both Jewish and African diaspora heritages through the rich musical traditions of Gospel, Klezmer, Nigunim, Spirituals, and Swing. The ensemble is made up of David Chevan, bass; Warren Byrd, piano and keyboards; Alvin Carter, Jr., drums; Baba David Coleman, percussion; Stacy Phillips, violin and dobro; and Will Bartlett, saxophone and clarinet.

Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, $10 for members, and are available online at or by calling the Museum box office at 646.437.4202.

The Afro-Semitic Experience has performed at festivals and major venues throughout the Northeast United States including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, The New York Noise Festival, and The International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Their albums include This is the Afro-Semitic Experience, voted one of the 10 best of the year by Jewish Week; Plea for Peace, and The Road That Heals the Splintered Soul.

Audience members are invited for a tour of Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges at 1 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 646.437.4202.

This program was created with support from Chamber Music America's New Works: Creation and Presentation Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

WHAT: The Afro-Semitic Experience Presents The Road that Heals the Splintered Soul

WHERE: Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan

WHEN: Sunday, January 17 at 2 p.m.

COST: $15, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

About the Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum's three-floor Core Exhibition educates people of all ages and backgrounds about the rich tapestry of Jewish life over the past century-before, during, and after the Holocaust. Special exhibitions include The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service, on view through December 2010 and Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges, extended through February 21. The Museum offers visitors a vibrant public program schedule in its Edmond J. Safra Hall. It is also home to Keeping History Center, an interactive visitor experience, and Andy Goldsworthy's memorial Garden of Stones. The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



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