For the first time, we went virtual with our fourth annual program 6th & Jazz: Let Freedom Ring, supported by AdventHealth. This meant we could bring the pre-recorded performance to more students in more counties than ever before.
At the end of February, we shared an engaging video featuring a narrator, vocalist and our very own Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center, which performed compositions by jazz artists who participated in the civil rights movement.
This educational show illustrates how their works were tied to specific historic events. By telling the stories behind events like Brown vs. The Board of Education and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” students discover how music can be used to send cultural and political messages of both protest and celebration.
This year, more than 25,000 students tuned in to watch, representing 119 Central Florida schools across six counties.
“6th & Jazz is essential to our commitment of sharing Arts For Every Life® through diverse, equitable and inclusive programming,” said Laura Peete (director, education programs). “Let Freedom Ring shows us how, even during the darkest times, the expression of art can ignite inspiration, connection and change for a better tomorrow.”
The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center is made possible through the generous support of Joyce and Judson Green.