Celebrate the Life of Rosa Parks this Saturday, Feb. 13th at 8

Sounds of Texas: Hannibal Lokumbe
Dear Mrs. Parks
February 13 at 8 p.m.
Reservations required, call (512) 936-4649
Texas Spirit Theater
$33 for Members; $35 for Non Members

Dear Mrs. Parks –commissioned, performed and recorded in 2009 by The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and now performed for the first time in Mr. Lokumbe’s home state of Texas– celebrates the life of Rosa Parks, the civil rights movement heroine.

Incorporating musical traditions from blues, jazz, African, and gospel music, Dear Mrs. Parks follows three imaginary letters to Rosa Parks from three different voices in the civil rights movement – an activist, a martyr, and a beneficiary– in a tightly orchestrated and inspirational composition.

This one-night-only performance at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum includes an ensemble of Texas artists, including a jazz quintet, choir and child soloists.

Hanniba Lokumbe wrote both the score and the libretto. Lokumbe’s career in music spans over four decades. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Bessie award, numerous NEA’s, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and most recently the prestigious USA Artist award. He has performed and composed works for the Kronos Quartet, the Philadelphia, Baltimore, National, Cleveland, St Louis, Detroit and Houston symphonies.

The February 13 performance of Dear Mrs. Parks will benefit Meals on Wheels and More and Greater Calvary Schools and support a series of community workshops on the civil rights movement in Texas.

To make reservations, please call (512) 936-4649


  1. charles e brown says

    Dear Mrs Parks , a special concert event with music, a quintet, choirs , and a film montage is written and directed by a highly acclaimed musician and composer, Hannibal Lokumbe . Trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe has worked with Kronos String Quartet ,Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison, Mcoy Tyner, Jackie Wilson ,T-Bone Walker ,Rahsaan Roland Kirk ,Gil Evans , mentored by Charles Mingus ,George Adams ,and many other accomplished famous composers and musicians . Austin is very fortunate to have this Internationally known talent, Hannibal Hokumbe , presenting this concert event at the Bob BullockTexas State History Museum . This concert event on Sat . February 13, 2010 at 8 pm is an outstanding celebration of Rosa Parks life and the civil rights movement .

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