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February 3, 2007

Albany - - It was music to the ears this first weekend of Black History Month. 

The Albany Symphony Orchestra filled the Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the sounds of music Saturday afternoon.

It's the 10th anniversary of the Celebration Concert X program. The program celebrates the contribution of African American composers to classical music.

The concept behind the concert is to bring classical music to the community, especially to those who may not normally visit a live symphonic performance.  

"We applied for a grant through the State Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts to bring the orchestra from the concert hall to this particular section of town, Mt. Zion being the church that would accommodate approximately a thousand people," says Organizer T. Marshall Jones.

Sphinx Competition Winner Marianna Green-Hill was also showcased.

The competition was founded to encourage minorities to participate in classical music.

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