Activist Orchestra will Sing Her Name

New York, NY, June 13, 2016 – Inspired by #SayHerName, activist orchestra The Dream Unfinished will present “Sing Her Name,” an orchestral and choral concert at the Great Hall of Cooper Union. The musical tribute to black women impacted by racial injustice, and female activists and organizers of the historic Civil Rights and #BlackLivesMatter movements, will be held on July 13, 2016, marking one year since Sandra Bland's passing. The program features all female composers, including New York premieres of works by Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Ethel Smyth, and a newly commissioned choral work by Courtney Bryan, with text by Sharan Strange.

Under the artistic direction of James Blachly (known most recently for his acclaimed Rite of Spring Dance Party) and Grammy-award winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams, soloists include bass-baritone Dashon Burton, vocalist Helga Davis, soprano Marlissa Hudson, and pianist Michelle Cann. The Dream Unfinished Orchestra will be led by concert master Kelly Hall-Tompkins (Fiddler on the Roof), and The Dream Unfinished Chorus will include members of Downtown Voices, Cantori New York, and other area ensembles.

In addition to musical selections, Sing Her Name will include appearances by Terrance McKnight (WQXR), Kimberle Crenshaw (African American Policy Forum), Gina Belafonte (, Farah Griffin (Columbia University), Agunda Okeyo (Sisters of Comedy), Farah Tanis (Black Women’s Blueprint), composer Trevor Weston,  and other artists and speakers. Proceeds will go to the Center for Constitutional Rights, Black Women's Blueprint, and African American Policy Forum,. Sing Her Name is presented by The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra, whose mission is to provide a platform for classical musicians to show solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 at the door. For more information please visit