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Performance of Milloy’s “The Man Behind the Dream”

September 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT



Performance of MilloysThe Man Behind the Dream

Collaboration: World House Choir, Aliven Arts, Sinclair Department of Diversity, and Peace Dayton

Description: The dramatic story in music of Bayard Rustin, the behind-the-scenes organizer of the 1963 March on Washington as well as the man who taught Martin Luther King about nonviolence; Special Dayton guest John D’Emiliio, author of “Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

Location: Westminster Presbyterian, 125 N. Wilkinson, Dayton

Time: 7:00 p.m

Performances also in Yellow Springs’ Antioch Foundry Theater at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 8; in Cincinnati on Sunday Sept. 9, 4 p.m. at the House Of Joy Christian Ministries


This electrifying work by Cincinnati composer Steve Milloy is scored for mass chorus, two soloists and a small instrumental ensemble. It tells the dramatic story of Bayard Rustin, a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rustin not only introduced King to Ghandian non-violent methods of protest, he was also largely responsible for organizing the massive and historic March on Washington in 1963.

But because he was an openly gay man in mid-twentieth century America, Rustin was forced to remain in the background of the movement.

Rustin with Dr. King at the March on Washington in 1963

Milloy’s work contains a rich variety of musical genres from African-American Spirituals to reggae to folk music to rap and dramatic spoken word. Rustin had a beautiful tenor voice and one movement opens with a recording of his singing the spiritual, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.”

The World House Choir will produce Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream four times in our region:

We have invited singers from several area choirs [Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir and the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale] to join us in rehearsing and performing this piece and we hope to have a mass chorus of 140+ voices.

Be sure to mark your calendars and watch this space for updates and additional information as this exciting project unfolds.


September 7, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, Ohio
125 N. Wilkinson, Dayton + Google Map