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2011 MLK Jr. Concert



The 30th anniversary MLK Jr. Concert will feature The Steeles, 4Given, and The Langston Hughes Project: Jazz Moods for Dreamers. The 2011 concert will take place at the Ted Mann Concert Hall.

When the University of Minnesota's Martin Luther King Day concert began in 1980, it was the only tribute of its kind in Minnesota. The late Reginald Buckner, a professor in the School of Music--and an accomplished performer, composer, and educator--founded the concert and began a tradition of celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. King through performing arts.

Professor Buckner's death in 1989 left the University with an inspiring legacy--the annual celebration that marks its 30th anniversary in 2011. The Martin Luther King celebration is now a joint program of the University of Minnesota's Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music.

Contact Ralph Blanco at or 612-625-8680 for details about this event or to request disability accommodations. View a summary of the previous 29 MLK concerts.

This week, national experts on disability issues will gather at the University of Minnesota for the inaugural Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies and Inclusive Education. One area of focus for the symposium is accessibility of music for people with disabilities.

While registration for the symposium is full, the general public is invited to a free recital--offered in conjunction with the symposium--on Saturday, July 24. Running from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m., the performance will take place at Ultan Recital Hall at the U's School of Music. The recital will feature internationally-renowned violinist Adrian Anantawan; Alex Lubet, a professor in the U's School of Music; and various other musicians and performers. 

The symposium is sponsored by the following University of Minnesota entities: School of Music; Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity; Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA); Center for German and European Studies; Disability Services; the Graduate School; and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Disability Studies.