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We Shall Overcome Performance

“We Shall Overcome”—A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Featuring Damien Sneed
A World of Music Series

Date & Price

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Exhibition Hall


Reserved Seating: $37

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $31*

Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission


Tickets limited. Sell out likely.

Longwood Debut

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., We Shall Overcome showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. Produced and directed by Damien Sneed, this production ties together a living lineage of music and culture from gospel to jazz to spirituals.

Listen to Damien Sneed & Friends

More About We Shall Overcome

Producer and musical director Damien Sneed’s career covers an incredible breadth of genres. Sneed has conducted and collaborated major original works for Wynton Marsalis; regularly accompanies Jessye Norman; has collaborated with Lawrence Brownlee; and has toured extensively with Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters.    

We Shall Overcome ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin to Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway, and traditional spirituals and music from The Wiz, Sneed’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance. 

Find out more on his website.

*Gardens Preferred & Gardens Premium Member Discount 
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive up to 15% off 2018–2019 Performance Series tickets and receive access to the Member Pre-sale. If you are eligible, your discount code was provided to you via e-mail. Use the discount code to unlock your Membership pricing.