The Greater Hartford community is invited to attend the University of Hartford’s Martin Luther King Day observance on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, on the West Hartford campus located at 200 Bloomfield Avenue. The observance will begin at 11 a.m. in Lincoln Theater with a free program of music presented by performers affiliated with the University’s renowned The Hartt School and a keynote message from Maestro Willie Anthony Waters Hon. ‘05. Gregory S. Woodward, the University of Hartford’s sixth president who took office last July, is a composer, musician, and scholar who will be participating in his first MLK Day on campus.
Following the one-hour morning program, the University’s observance will continue at the Sports Center as the Hawks women’s basketball team plays a Division I America East conference game against UMBC at 1 p.m. Children under 12 will be admitted to the game for free. Tickets for those 12 and older start as low as $5 and concession stands will be open. During the game, attendees will learn about the time Martin Luther King spent in Connecticut, including at the University of Hartford.
The theme of the University’s 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance this year is “The Colors of Unity” in recognition that diversity can create harmony. Maestro Waters is currently assistant professor of music at Binghamton University and music director of Prelude to Performance, a summer training program for young singers sponsored by the Martina Arroyo Foundation. He is the former general and artistic director of Connecticut Opera. In 1985, he became the first African-American to be named artistic director of a major American opera company (Greater Miami Opera, now Florida Grand Opera). UHart presented him with an honorary Doctor of Music in 2005. Nat Reeves, Mark Templeton, and Josh Bruneau of The Hartt School; the Connecticut Children’s Chorus of The Hartt School Community Division; and Hartt alumna Latanya Farrell M‘97, M’98 will perform featured musical selections.