Concert pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

In a joyful musical celebration of a great life, The Klein Auditorium, was alive with the sounds of musical performances from some of the area’s most famed performers.

The pulsating beat of drums, the healing words of Nelson Mandela read by Yale Drama students, an 8 ft. x 8ft portrait of Nelson Mandela painted by world renowned artist Josee Nadeau, highlighted this unique performance. The concert was a tribute to the life of one of the world’s greatest leaders for Peace and Reconciliation, Nelson Mandela.

Footsteps of Mandela is the brainchild and creation of jazz artist and musician Joel A. Martin, and presented by The Klein Auditorium, as the second production in its yearlong presentation of special events and performances celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Local schoolchildren who entered an essay competition received complimentary tickets for the concert, and three winners were awarded additional prizes of $100 each. An area Foundation funded this initiative enabling children to attend and participate in the performance. A RECONCILIATION TREE created by IYABA IBO MANDINGO artist, invited attendees to put down their thoughts, ideas, hopes and dreams for bringing peace and understanding to our world.

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(Dave Rauch photos)

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