They say the best things in life are free, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert and Humanitarian Awards must surely be one of them, given that the program is not only gratis, but also all about the business of striving to be free. The community is invited to Boettcher Hall tonight for an evening of music and tributes inspired by the theme of “Injustice Is Still a Threat” and featuring host Tamara Banks, Phoenix Symphony conductor Joseph Young and Denver violin phenom Jeff “Maestro” Hughes, whose modern approach to the instrument will stir the souls of young and old alike with tunes like Bill Withers’s “Lovely Day” and Alicia Keys’s “If I Ain’t Got You.” And Denver’s Spirituals Project, a frequent rafter-rattling collaborator with the annual concert, will gets its due when choir leaders Benne L. Williams and Arthur Jones accept the Honorable Menola Upshaw Lifetime Achievement Award.
This perfect prelude to next Monday’s Marade and civic celebrations on MLK Day tunes up at 7:30 p.m. in Boettcher Hall, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; admission is free, but tickets are required. Go to www.coloradosymphony.org for reservations and information.
Tue., Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m., 2013