Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Choral Arts Society of Washington Awards 13th Annual Humanitarian Award to Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson will receive the Choral Arts Humanitarian Award

From our friends at the Choral Arts Society of Washington, DC...

The Choral Arts Society of Washington to Present 13th Annual Humanitarian Award to Bryan Stevenson at Living the Dream... Singing the Dream, the 27th Annual Choral Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., February 21, 2016

Bryan Stevenson will receive the Choral Arts Humanitarian Award, which is presented annually to an individual who embodies the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of nonviolent struggle for civil rights, equality and justice. Each year an extraordinary recipient is selected and honored by The Choral Arts Society of Washington at Living the Dream... Singing the Dream, the annual choral tribute to the legacy of Dr. King and co-presented by The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Washington Performing Arts. Led by Scott Tucker, Choral Arts Artistic Director, and Stanley J. Thurston, Artistic Director of the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs, the annual choral tribute brings the combined force of more than 300 voices celebrating the power of music and the triumph of the human spirit in a concert that celebrates the past and embraces the hope of the future.

Bryan Stevenson - 2016 Choral Arts Humanitarian Award recipient
Mr. Stevenson, an American lawyer and social justice activist is founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization based in Montgomery, Alabama providing legal representation to prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes or may have been denied a fair trial. He is the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

Marian Wright Edelman - 2016 Choral Arts Humanitarian Award presenter
Marian Wright Edelman is the recipient of the 2006 Choral Arts Humanitarian Award and is Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, where Mr. Stevenson serves on the board of directors.

Established in 2004, the Choral Arts Humanitarian Award former recipients include: Dr. Dorothy Height, John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Harris Wofford, Julian Bond, John Doar, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Norman Scribner, Nelson Mandela (in absentia), Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell and the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian.

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7:00 PM

Kennedy Center Concert Hall
2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566

TICKETS: Tickets start at $25 and are available through Washington Performing Arts ( or (202) 785-9727) Choral Arts ( or (202) 244-3669) or through the Kennedy Center ( or (202) 467-4600.)

In its 50 years, the Choral Arts Society of Washington (Choral Arts) established and maintains a dedication to excellence. Led by Artistic Director Scott Tucker, Choral Arts’ commitment to artistic excellence is demonstrated by frequent invitations to perform regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and other world-class orchestras including London Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as alongside legendary conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Marin Alsop and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Choral Arts is committed to connecting choral music to the country’s growing diversity and partnering with global organizations to develop inspiring programs. Choral Arts also stands on a secure and stable financial and governance foundation.

Founded in 1965 by Artistic Director Emeritus Norman Scribner (1936–2015) Choral Arts stands out as a leader among its peers, earning awards, not only for its artistic excellence, but its administrative leadership and educational portfolio. Under the executive direction of Debra L. Kraft, Choral Arts has consistently operated in the black since 2004, remaining fiscally strong in spite of recent economic challenges.