The Kennedy Center

Let Freedom Ring Choir


The Let Freedom Ring Celebration Choir was organized especially for the 2006 King celebration.  The choir is made up predominately of Georgetown University students, and also includes members of the Metropolitan Music Ministry of the Metropolitan Baptist Church and the Capitol Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  Reverend Nolan Williams, Jr., Music Director for this year’s Let Freedom Ring Celebration, is the Chief Music Editor of the critically acclaimed publication, The African American Heritage Hymnal (GIA Publications, 2001), and Minister of Music for the Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/21/2019:
Let Freedom Ring! featuring Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell

The annual program Let Freedom Ring!, part of the free daily performance series on the Millennium Stage, features Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy®–winning artist Audra McDonald and Two- time Tony®-winning artist Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.

Presented in collaboration with Georgetown University.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m, up to two tickets per person. Tickets are reserved seats. Limited seating availability. Seating will begin at 5:15 p.m. All patrons are asked to be seated by 5:40 p.m.

Video 1/16/2017: Let Freedom Ring! a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., with Gladys Knight

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a free, ticketed musical tribute titled Let Freedom Ring! featuring Gladys Knight and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by music director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University will present the 15th Annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to Abel Enrique Núñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). The annual award is given by Georgetown University to an international or local individual who exemplifies the spirit of Dr. King.

Free reserved seat tickets will be distributed up to two per person on a first-come, first-served basis at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Video 1/16/2012: Let Freedom Ring! featuring Bobby McFerrin

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The concert featuring Grammy Award–winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin also includes the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Note: Free reserved seating tickets will be given away two (2) per person in line in the Hall of Nations at 4 p.m. (previously 5 p.m.) on Mon., Jan. 16 on a first-come, first-served basis. All patrons must be seated by 5:40 p.m.

Let Freedom Ring Choir