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Omar Thomas uses classical music as a force for social change

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17min 27sec
Boettcher Concert Hall lights dimmed, with full audience and symphony on stage
Colorado Symphony
Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, home of the Colorado Symphony
Photo courtesy of Izzy Berdan
Omar Thomas

The Colorado Symphony recently performed "Of Our New Day Begun," a composition created by Omar Thomas as a tribute to the victims and survivors of the 2015 Mother Emmanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. It's one example of how Thomas is using his music to address issues like social justice, equity and inclusion.