March 12, 2020


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This morning, we heard “Dances in the Canebrakes”.  It’s by a Chicago composer who became the first African-American woman to have her music performed in concert by a major American orchestra. And much of what she wrote came to light just 11 years ago after a real estate transaction.  A couple bought a dilapidated house south of Chicago to fix up, and discovered boxes of manuscripts and papers in what turned out to be the composer’s abandoned summer home.  Who authored “Dances in the Canebrakes”?