The finals of the sixth Rapido! 14-Day Composition Contest will be livestreamed at 3 p.m. Sunday from Hill Auditorium at the Woodruff Arts Center. The five finalists — Benedikt Brydern, Ashley Floyd,Nicky John, Benjamin Krause and Ben Robichaux — were tasked with composing a short piece within a 14-day period that expresses the impact of COVID-19. The national contest, founded by the Atlanta Chamber Players and the Antinori Foundation, drew 130 entries. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Robert Spano will lead the judging panel; the five compositions will be performed by Alcides Rodriguez, Justin Bruns, Catherine Lynn and Brad Ritchie. The livestream is free, and the event will have a small live audience.
The Atlanta History Center hosts a virtual author talk at 4 p.m. Monday (January 18) with Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick, authors of Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election. Joining the authors will be two leaders of the Atlanta Student Movement, Charles Black and the Rev. Dr. Otis T. Moss Jr. The talk will explore how King’s imprisonment changed the 1960 election and include firsthand experiences from the civil rights movement. Free, but registration is required.