Singing The Dream: Temple Emanu-El in Providence planning 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Musical Tribute

Temple Emanu-El, a nearly 100 year-old Jewish congregation and leading New England synagogue located on the East Side of Providence, is seeking singers of all ages, races, faiths and talent levels to join a performance chorus for “Singing the Dream 2020” event to be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Singing the Dream 2020” will feature a special performance by members of the Sing Harlem Choir, an award-winning gospel musical group from Harlem, New York.


Open Rehearsals for “Singing the Dream 2020” musical tribute will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. and Wednesday October 23, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, Bohnen Vestry, located at 99 Taft Avenue in Providence, R.I.

The Sing Harlem Choir will be the guest musical artists for “Singing the Dream 2020”. Founded in 2006 by Emmy Award-winning producer Vy Higginsen, The Sing Harlem Choir was created by the Gospel for Teens Program at the Mama Foundation for the Arts of Harlem, NY. Under the leadership of Directors Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Elijah Ahmad Lewis, The Sing Harlem Choir has grown to be a highly respected and influential force in the gospel scene. The Sing Harlem Choir has performed at many prestigious venues, programs and concerts, including The Congressional Black Caucus, The Stellar Awards, New York Fashion Week, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, and the Grammy Awards.

Everyone in the community—amateur, students, faith-based choirs and professional singers—is invited to join the Singing the Dream Chorus and participate in this unique civic and cultural event that brings singers together for an afternoon of song and fellowship. Members of the Singing the Dream Chorus will have the opportunity to sing with the Sing Harlem Choir. Led by Temple Emanu-El’s hazzan, Cantor Dr. Brian J. Mayer, and his production team of seasoned professionals, the ticketed concert will be held in the Temple’s 700-person capacity sanctuary and is open to the public.

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“We are excited to bring community singers together to sing out in the name of social justice in honor of Dr. King,” states Miriam A. Ross, Esq., event founder/producer and member of Temple Emanu-El in a press release. “All are welcome regardless of singing experience, from all walks of life, faith, and race, to come together celebrating diversity, encouraging inclusion and cultivating human connection. Singing the Dream is about raising voices in harmony and unity and reflects not only Dr. King’s goals but our hopes that the change he inspired continues to ever-widening spheres. Music can bring everyone together.”

For more information about the Open Rehearsals for “Singing the Dream 2020,” contact Miriam A. Ross, Esq., Temple Emanu-El, 401-331-1616.