January 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

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Join us on this holiday weekend to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Speaker: Aaron Grizzell, Executive Director

Northern California Martin Luther King Community Foundation

Topic:  Justice in the Beloved Community

The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation is very pleased to announce the 2017 King & Faith Lectures. This annual lecture series is part of our goal of engaging the wider scholarly, theological, clerical and lay communities in contemporary contemplation of Dr. King, his message, and his symbology. Key questions about freedom and liberation will bring to the forefront the need to make space for those voices that are often displaced.

   Special Guest Soloist: Hope Briggs, Soprano

Hope Briggs, a native of New Jersey, drew a rave review from Opera News for her San Francisco Opera debut as the Duchess of Parma in Busoni’s Doktor Faust “… Hope Briggs was stellar, delivering one of the evening’s highlights with her lusciously intoned, lovelorn aria.”

As a critically acclaimed Verdi soprano, Ms. Briggs is known for the depth and beauty of her voluptuous voice. Ms. Briggs is hailed as “an artist of vocal sensitivity, theatrical wisdom and integrity.” Her commanding stage presence and moving interpretations have brought her to great success singing title role in Aida with Nevada Opera, Sacramento Opera and Cedar Rapids Opera and Leonora in Il Trovatore with El Paso Opera, Opera Roanoke and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek as well as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with Festival Opera of Walnut Creek.

She is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Finalist, Metropolitan Opera International Vocal Competition Award Winner, and recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation. Hope Briggs is also an ABC KGO-TV 2012 African American Salutes Honoree, Marion Anderson Historical Society Scholar and a 2013 Heritage Keeper Award Recipient from Friends of Negro Spirituals.


  Guest Musician: Bill Quist

Bill Quist is a trained classical pianist. Mr. Quist, who in his youth studied at Interlochen Arts Academy in his home state of Michigan, played with the San Francisco symphony in the 1970s and released a collection of Erik Satie piano solos in 1979 on Windham Hill, a record label founded in 1976 that was well-regarded in its hey day. Mr. Quist has also sung with the San Francisco Choral Artists and played with a number of musicians at local events throughout the Bay Area.

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