Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 44th season, entitled “United in Song,” continues with the Florida premiere of “The Children’s March,” Sunday, March 5, 7 p.m., at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. This moving oratorio by Philadelphia composer Andrew Bleckner tells the story of a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era—the Children’s Crusade of 1963—when children in Birmingham, Alabama, marched to challenge segregation and were met with a violent response. The concert is narrated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an award-winning journalist, author, and school desegregation pioneer. Tickets are $35; students $5. A “Meet the Music” session with Holt is Thursday, February 23, 5:30-7 p.m., at Art to Walk On, 16 South Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. The event, free to all ticket holders for the concert, includes a wine and hors d'oeuvre reception and a presentation by Holt with vocal soloists for “The Children’s March” highlighting the program. The concert is supported, in part, by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Exchange. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900.
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