The concert is organized in partnership with the United States Military Academy at West Point and will feature the West Point Band and the West Point Cadet Glee Club. The concert celebrates the contributions of Black composers and musicians and honors the progress the nation has made toward equal rights as well as its commitment to continue this vital work. The works selected communicate unity, diversity, and, above all hope and range from living composers, honors Black-Latinx contributions, and celebrates the world-wide popularity of music from Motown. The concert concludes with a rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing.
The Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will open the event with brief remarks. The assembled delegations will also hear from the U.S. Military Academy Superintendent, Lieutenant General Steve Gilland.
Lift Every Voice: A Celebration of Progress and Hope Lt. Col. Daniel Toven, Commander & Conductor Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Drewes
Fanfare for the Common Man | Aaron Copland Come Sunday: II. Shout! | Omar Thomas The Official West Point March | Phillip Egner, Featuring the West Point Band's Field Music Group, The Hellcats Here We Rest | Anthony Barfield Buffalo Soldiers | James Kimo Williams, Cadet Justin Jones, narrator O' What a Beautiful City | Traditional Spiritual/arr. Kirchner "The Promise of Living" from The Tender Land | Copland/Duffy Featuring the West Point Cadet Glee Club under the direction of Constance Chase, with accompanist Andrea Shaut The Cumbanchero | Rafael Hernandez/Iwai I Want You Back | Perren, Mizell, Gordy, Richards/arr. Taylor Signed, Sealed, Delivered | Stevie Wonder/arr. Taylor Ain't No Mountain High Enough | Ashford, Simpson/arr. Taylor Lean on Me | Bill Withers, arr. Anders and Davis/orch. Taylor Featuring vocalists Sgt. Maj. MaryKay Messenger, Sgt. 1st Class Emily McAleesejergins, Staff Sgt. Francisco Aisporna, and Staff Sgt. Phillip Morris Simple Gifts | Brackett/Taylor You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel | Rodgers and Hammerstein, arr. Taylor Encore: Lift Every Voice and Sing | Johnson