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To celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, the Rothko Chapel presents music that inspired him as he led the movement to transform America from separation and strife to full civil rights and social justice for all. Tenor Jason Oby is joined by some of Houston's leading African-American singers in a stirring program of protest songs, spirituals and black gospel music.
Further evoking the spirit of the movement, excerpts from speeches, letters, contemporary accounts and poetry are recited to recreate the emotions and mood of the era.
Jason Oby has performed as a soloist in opera, oratorio and recital at venues throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. Oby is the interim chairman of the Department of Music at Texas Southern University, artistic coordinator of the Houston Ebony Opera Guild and director of Music at First Unitarian Universalist Church.
A reception on the plaza follows the program.