Community MusicWorks Performs in D.C.

BY Tom LeGro  October 26, 2010 at 12:48 PM EST

An update to last week’s post on MacArthur Fellowship winner Sebastian Ruth:

When Sebastian Ruth, the founder of the Providence, R.I.-based nonprofit Community MusicWorks, brought his group of music students to Washington, D.C., to accept the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, he knew they had one important stop to make before heading home.

After giving a special performance at the White House, the group traveled to the site where the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial will stand on the National Mall and performed an encore of their original composition, “ANTHEM,” for a small group of assembled media and passers-by. Ruth told his students that they were “laying the musical cornerstone” for the memorial site.