I Dream Special Events

I DREAM Events and Performances

WGTE On The Road featuring I Dream

March 14 - Toledo Lucas County Library - Main Branch 9 to 11 am and 1 to 4 pm (325 N. Michigan)

Join WGTE hosts Brad Cresswell and Haley Taylor for a day of I Dream exploration. Come to the library and see the hosts and guests live or listen on 91.3 FM. Guests will include: Douglas Tappin, Composer and Librettist and James Meena, Producer discussing the I Dream premiere. Performances by Krysty Swann who will portray Grandma backed up by the Anthony Wayne High School Choir, and many more surprises! Open to the public.

I Dream Sunday

March 18 - Various churches and schools throughout the region

The beautiful number, “Sunday Best,” from I Dream will be performed throughout the area at churches and schools.


Meet the Artists of I Dream

March 28 - Our Brothers Place - 5:30 - 6:30pm (233 N. Huron St.)

Join Toledo Opera at Our Brothers Place on Wednesday, March 28 at 5:30pm to meet the stars of the upcoming production of I Dream! Free and open to the public.

Art and MLK

March 22 - Toledo Museum of Art - 1:30 - 3 pm (2445 Monroe St.)

This event—co-organized by the Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo Opera in conjunction with their upcoming presentation of Douglas Tappin’s I Dream, a modern, Rhythm & Blues opera that recounts the final 36 hours in the remarkable life of the civil rights leader and American icon Martin Luther King Jr. —features cast members performing excerpts from I Dream in response to works of art in the TMA permanent collection, including paintings by Nicolaus Poussin (Mars and Venus, 1633, about the triumph of love over war), Henry Ossawa Tanner (The Disciples on the Sea, 1910, by the first internationally-renowned African American painter), and Kehinde Wiley (Saint Francis of Paola, 2003, by the artist whose portrait of President Barack Obama was recently unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery). Open to the public.

Tuesday Talk

April 3 - The Truth Gallery - 5:30 - 6:30 pm (1811 Adams St.)

Enjoy a discussion about what it takes to write and produce a new musical work with composer and librettist Douglas Tappin and producer James Meena. Hosted by Sara Jobin. Open to the public.

I Dream Dress Rehearsal - Student Night

April 4 - Valentine Theatre - 7 pm (410 Adams St.)

Area students have the chance to observe the final dress rehearsal of I Dream on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination. Ticketed event.

I Dream

April 6 & 7 (7:30 pm) and April 8 (2 pm) - Valentine Theatre (410 Adams St.)

A modern, Rhythm & Blues opera recounts the final 36 hours in the remarkable life of American icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an all-too-human hero, who composer Douglas Tappin depicts as a flawed man of God who taught a nation that only love can obliterate hate. Ticketed event.

Social Justice Town Hall

April 12 - WGTE Studios - 7 pm (1270 S. Detroit Ave)

A live, on air community forum, a conversation with community activists and leaders confronting the questions raised by the opera, I Dream, and the story of Dr. King: Will It Always Be This Way? What Can I Do? Guest Moderator, Johnetta McCollough. Open to the public.

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