A modern, Rhythm & Blues opera recounts the final 36 hours in the remarkable life of American icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an all-too-human hero, who composer Douglas Tappin depicts as a flawed man of God who taught a nation that only love can obliterate hate.
The performances of I Dream, and the 50th commemoration of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., provide an opportunity to bring people together for a shared experience that is powerful, positive and potentially transformative.
The life of Dr. King, and the movement he championed, continues to provide inspiration, courage and hope for the future of our community and our nation. It is important for us to reflect on our history, but not be stuck in the past. We can’t talk about where we want to go as a society without understanding where we’ve been, and to use that reflection to inspire and guide future action.
We at Toledo Opera are committed to playing our part as citizens who believe in an embracing community that respects and welcomes all. While our role may be a small one in the grand scheme, through the power of music and theater, perhaps we can change one attitude or one perspective, which may in turn change others.