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a feeling that continues to live in us in on some. of. the musical martin luther king a dream changes the world has a cost of more than $1000.00 sing is that was the guiding principle of the producers the lutheran foundation creative church. zinah blum to his famous i have a dream address was 16 minutes long so that i 13 minutes of which was a back number of a speech he'd already given in june of 63 to union workers in detroit on plates for
me and then suddenly he put aside his text and improvised for 3 minutes but i mean that was the speech of a lifetime is inspired destined in spirit to momentous. martin luther king's taal martin luther king's dream wasn't his at all when i got to it was god's dream of how we should live together which you can read in the bible with equality and fairness in justice and freedom of movement and united in love wendy's and tom god has god turned this dream into political reality. and our message the message of my script that is this just a dream is utopia made real. come
. a. thing as i've got stuck and singing is a very strong instrument in the life of faith as well as in motivating people singing releases endorphins which encourage a sense of community it's very healthy. to mention guns comes fear and singing also provides an opportunity to communicate a message with passion. quite different from the spoken word comes after he.
saw. miriam shaffer works for the foundation creative church she organizes the mass choir of untrained singers who perform the musical. a lot of the performers didn't have any experience of singing in a choir and we noticed that in their applications they said i really need to practice we told them you're still welcome to come along and we'll practice together or i should. get mentored penc ok and her daughter anna are 2 of these singers who weren't able to rehearse with the choir they practiced a ton by themselves for months using specially produced sea days then in a small choir and finally with the mass choir.
when it would be i really like the songs and i think the show conveys a very important message before this movie that i marked up before we did the musical i'd heard of martin luther king and of what he did but it didn't really affect my life however now i notice how exclusion and discrimination occur an every day life. and i've had in my job i work with marginal groups and i see it every day that is that's taking to sports but it's possible to change things if you seize the opportunity and motivate other people to work with you on a large amount of your quit so mufon. like most of the 1200 amateurs scene is in the production thomas klassen his son christoph come from the rule a valid wage and i. believe. my son is also performing
when we practice together he would sing the 2nd part so that we could get used to choral singing on the road we also sang along with the sea day when i go out in fallujah it was on. a sunday as from middle school we've now had many rehearsals with lots of cigars but it's still overwhelming to sing with so many people because in the few the songs are very very very various themes and genres it's a good mix and the songs are fun to sing. the choir is the essential element of this musical that was the producer's intention from the stocks keep it low. and it got this impulse and that's the most impressive aspect is. this enormous
choir which will also be the case on tour we always have our sights set on a large choir and in this production the choir has a lot to sing and communicate also content. but of course we also have stars in the cast offs professional singers who give the production its shape. was the. was on. the was. the. was.
and the. the some of us have only one week to rehearse. the 2 composes kristoff to boykin and honey present at the rehearsals. with. the journalist undressed melissa wrote the libretto. i don't. think i'm especially grateful that we could sit down together right from the start silent and with the 1st demos and says i'm god but it's up now most interests as i'm. in an atmosphere of trust and deep friendship we could say to you well that doesn't sound right wing or what are you trying to say or is or is that theologically profound or just pious twaddle or is that sean flynn lovers.
just off to boykin in his studio indecl goff this is where large sections of the musical were created in addition to composing songs to boy can arrange the music for the mass choir. we also recorded much of the music here everything except the large sections for orchestra and choir. and certain of course we also use songs from the time of martin luther king there are a few spirituals that icky we shall overcome for instance is it since obviously we had to incorporate that everybody identifies it with him. this is. his
own. nothing new for king i think clive bigger curve gospel music was essential to martin luther king as an afro-american christian good for and for in a bit from your go to merely a jackson was a close family friend and she was one of the most influential gospel singers in the world together with james cleveland in a wreath of franklin and her friend and for them and besides almost every gospel song i can think of reflects what martin luther king himself preached really also the words that jesus spoke for instance if anyone strikes you on the right cheek turn the other also. of the vendor human after. the message of don't resort to violence. if god exists let him act then the.
the hot new gable studio is in elm only hamburg. it. was. the way a very. rough coast of stack of them by ship christophe strength is in string arrangements on the german base but he does that really well with soul music and i'm more attuned to the keyboard and the choruses minds on koval. i unusual for such a large production the composers themselves perform i was. doing what with you had to have we wanted to playing if we would have felt miserable sitting on some chair and listening to how our music was being played through that's nice but it's even nicer to play it. just and i think i'm what i want to read that i read the music together with it's
a baby i think i can control it best if i'm up there on stage. and my love i've got a rope. and. yes. i think it's one of the most powerful songs because the choir really moves with it and sings with real passion chopped off i left. i think about this song has wonderful energy and that's what i love about gospel music that's in gospel it's. there's music of martin luther king musical the dream changes the world starts with the assassination of martin luther king on april the 4. at the 1968 affair and
tells the story of his life in flashbacks the memories of his fellow activists 50 guy lights there were we highlight 4 or 5 important events in his life freely interpret in them to make the point that a dream is not the same thing as an illusion and it's kind in lose your. the dutch singing artist gino emmis place the role of martin luther king. and he simply martin luther king that song and then you realize that he's human like the rest of us i meant he has his lumps and bumps and his faults and we also show those in the musical which took. the german opera and musical director andreea scared and has directed the
production. in the surprise we see in our musical choral musical is the person who also has doubts. and is also a bit ego to stick up. and. he subordinates the dreams and needs of the people around him to his own great visions. he follows his own path and without wavering even if it means sacrificing others on the way. that are not in the correct or for instance who has to give up her great dream of an operatic career combined with.
and of course it's an open question whether she would ever have become a great opera singer but martin luther king can be grateful that she renounced her career to become a small town pastor's wife plunged up past 2 and fall some dead in. the role of correction scott king is played by the dutch actress and singer patti fan defender. if it had been me i would probably have decided in favor of a singing career and not have married the baptist pastor better known as martin luther king. some come to us martin luther king but that's me i didn't grow up as an afro-american woman in the sixty's. it's easy enough to say i would have done things differently maybe she didn't have the opportunity perhaps it was too dangerous to live certain dream.
martin luther king's political activism was certainly dangerous to his marriage and his family. for i was surprised by martin luther king's recklessness but at the age of 39 he got used to the idea of bomb attacks on his home that his family received death threats almost every day and still he carried on. on the one hand item that's reckless on the other hand a vital passion. it really shocked me but it also challenged me not to make weak fatalistic decisions in my faith make he could have made a bad decision but instead he said i'm going to invest a lot in one thing and i want to be more courageous i want to be clear i have challenged myself. in this regard i have to say martin luther king has become
a role model for me increasingly so during this period of thought. he was 39 when he was assassinated when i started writing the script when i was 38 that is to say shortly before the age at which he dialed when you see what reprisals the man faced he certainly suffered from and he struggled mightily for what he believed he had a family i also have a family he suffered a lot also made his family suffer a lot. but i see the parallels and that makes me share his pain a bit especially at the present time when the world seems to be in such turmoil and the issue is current again when. i think one feels his pain. i haven't tried it but from the shop. to santa.
rosa parks is a hero alongside dr king in the musical and in reality she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person this led to the famous montgomery bus boycott a seminal event in the civil rights movement. for grit. and she's the kind of role model that i want to see everywhere. from the including in my own life. me adventure. and in the hours and days i wake up in the morning and think. how would rose go out into this world would she get upset about every trivial thing. or would she stay focused and doe her mission in life.
meet. that guy's got to sort of make the spirit of god should mold me from the inside with my characteristics and my past into something wonderful for others and yeah that was what happened to martin luther king his experience of being called was very prosaic and he looked through the window of a bus shelter and saw how black people were being made to stand at the back while the seats up front were reserved for white folks is that as it is it that annoyed him and he asked himself what will happen if we don't take the bus and it was one of the 1st trade boycotts in the western world that he read that is our common
humanity which makes us sensitive to the sufferings of want to no avail. in september $964.00 martin luther king came to the divided city of girliness he also visited the communist east. good evening your passport is easy here she might. look here's my name and here it says america i'm an american and the next 2 americans write express american express their. x. it's. for show care thank you enjoy your visit i come. as i guess reader i have to say that's a moment of magic isn't it a poor little border guard makes a mistake which enables an american without a passport to go to the church on alexander blogs or thousands are waiting for him
i mean my legs on it's incredible. and often on. the church of the virgin in what was then the communist east thousands of east berlin is waiting for him it wasn't an official visit he had received an informal invitation from the protestant church. the crowd was so huge that a 2nd event was held at another church in downtown belin. i've met a number of dissidents and christians who took part in the protests of 989 that led to the fall of the berlin wall and they told me. the seat of our activism our perseverance our courage to stick it out in communist east germany and to hope and believe in that we received from king on september the 13th 1964 king i'm tied to that time i feel unsafe to kill a. good musical blends reality and fiction some historical figures like malcolm
x. i introduced anachronistically and the holy spirit played by a woman is a bit of polish it license. catechized than the holy spirit is martin luther king's inspiration and to sing with of course she's closely connected to his faith and enables him in spite of the aggression he encounters to respond with love and with nonviolence. supplied. there. was.
no karma of the day their idea of casting a woman in the role of the holy spirit wasn't a nod to feminism for what it's rooted in the bible god says in the old testament of them as a mother comforts her child so will i comfort you it was that the lutheran foundation created church has its headquarters in witan a university town in western germany the foundations main aim is to promote singing with small projects and in large stage productions the choral musical martin luther king has been performed 3 times this year it's. double premiere was staged in february and at the end of june it was performed at the german evangelical churches annual convention. a nationwide tour is planned for next year. 5000 scientists will be performing in 11 towns and 20 twentieth's with more than 10000 singers taking part of what we continue to look for new singers like the 1st
projects have been well received they're already fully booked the big time people like to take part and we see new people responding volunteering to sing for people who've never sung in a choir before and maybe have never had anything to do with the church. because of the large number of participants to premiers was staged on 2 separate evenings with $1200.00 singers at each performance i. think the premier were a triumph. at the evangelical churches annual convention the musical was also well received here in dortmund 2000 singers took past thomas clouse and his son christophe among men. i was.
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