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World House Concerto Visits J.L. Lomax Elementary School

Lomax students gathered in the gymnasium on Thursday, February 11 to hear from two guest speakers.
Dr. Vicki L. Crawford, Director of the King Papers Collection at Morehouse College, spoke to our distinguished learners about the life of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including the message of equality he fought and ultimately died for. She emphasized how Dr. King’s message is not only alive today but must be carried on through young people like the scholars sitting in attendance.
Composer James Oliverio, a University of Florida Professor and Institute Director, spoke to the scholars about how he researched Dr. King’s legacy as an inspiration in writing the World House Concerto. Oliverio also created three vocal pieces based on musical themes from the Concerto, and he shared one of the songs, “A World Wide House” and asked the students to sing along on a second hearing.  Students were then given the opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Crawford and Professor Oliverio in regards to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The World House Concerto received its world premiere performances with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra on February 12 and 13, 2016. The faculty and staff of J.L. Lomax would like to extend their warmest gratitude to Dr. Crawford and Prof. Oliverio for speaking with our J.L. Lomax scholars during your visit to Valdosta. A special thanks also goes out to Dr. Blake Pearce and Dr. Doug Farwell of Valdosta State University for their assistance in coordinating this event.