• Event runs 1-3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center; admission is free and open to the public
The greater Rockford area community is invited to join Carl and Dianna Cole of Sounds of Good News (SOGN) Productions at their “Young Eagles Success” (YES) Club’s Eighth Annual “Let Freedom Ring” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. It takes place from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center Starr Auditorium, 415 N. Church St.
The program theme is “Let There Be Peace,” and it will feature the regional and state-acclaimed “Young Eagles Soaring Inspirational Choir” under the direction of Carl and Dianna Cole. The song “Peace” will be performed by the YES Club Inspirational Choir. Also, a new inspirational song, “Let It Shine,” will be introduced.
The event will launch a new movement for “PEACE,” which stands for “Positive Energy And Character Excellence,” inspired by their recent 2013-14 “Partner in Peace” Award from the Winnebago County Health Department Violence Prevention Collaborative.
Special performances include Betty Pumphrey (pianist, vocalist and longtime SOGN supporter); St. Paul Lutheran School K-4th grade students; and the Rockford Area Arts Council “Council Choraleers” Children’s Choir, directed by Dorothy Paige-Turner.
This event will be sprinkled with “COLE” facts about Dr. King as well as inspirational reflections from city officials. Another “Young Eagle STAR” (YES) Achievement Award will be given in honor of Chicago legend Julian Swain and Edith McCauley.
This celebration is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will benefit the “YES” Club winter/spring projects. The event is co-sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. “YES” Club workshops are presented through the Rockford Park District at the 21st Century After Schools at Lewis Lemon Academy and RESA, and also through the Boys &Girls Club RHA Centers at Blackhawk and Orton Keyes, and starting this year in Stephenson County/Freeport. “Mr. C” is also the music instructor for St. Paul Lutheran School. For more information, call (815) 914-1487 or visit www.soundsofgoodnews.com.
From the Jan. 15-21, 2014, issue