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Memphis Renaissance: Going On From Here

New Ballet Ensemble dances a narrative of the human experience – its highs, lows, and hopes for the future – accompanied by spoken word passages and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra playing music from legendary black artists, including rarely-performed works by pioneering classical composer William Grant Still and Duke Ellington, with a finale from Marvin Gaye. It answers Dr. King’s question – “Where do we go from here” – with an optimistic community pledge: “We’re going on together.”

This unique presentation continues the creative alliance between New Ballet Ensemble & School, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Levitt Shell that began in 2015 with Memphis Renaissance + Harlem, performed to a packed audience of 4,500.

Memphis Renaissance: Going on from Here is a Collaborating Partner of the National Civil Rights Museum’s MLK50 commemoration. 



Earlier Event: September 21
Southern Avenue
Later Event: September 23
Deedee Bridgewater