cal poly artsCal Poly Arts celebrates Black History Month with a musical performance “We Shall Overcome” at the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., We Shall Overcome showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. Producer and Musical Director Damien Sneed and his choir tie together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional and modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; traditional spirituals to music from “the Wiz,” Sneed’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance. Local members of the Cuesta College Choir will also be featured.

For a glimpse of the show, see here for video clip and read here the show’s recent review.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $30.40 – $58 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus; by phone at 805/756-4849; online at 

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