Juneteenth 2022 on WFMT

June 19, 2022, 7:00 am

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Join WFMT host LaRob K. Rafael for a morning of music honoring Juneteenth.

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. The holiday marks the events of  June 19th, 1865, which is the date that enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas received a dispatch that they had been freed. That news came two months after the Confederacy surrendered, and more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Click here to learn more about Juneteenth.

In the hours leading up to an 11:00 am special — Juneteenth with From the Top — LaRob will share a stirring mix of music by composers of African descent. Programming highlights include:

  • In the 7:00 am hour, a Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra performance of William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony
  • In the 8:00 am hour, Joseph Ehrenpreis performs guitar selections by Taiwo Adegoke
  • In the 9:00 am hour, Rachel Barton Pine and the Encore Chamber Orchestra perform José White’s Violin Concerto in F-Sharp Minor
  • In the 10:00 am hour, a Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance of William Grant Still‘s Symphony No. 2 in G, Song of a New Race conducted by Neeme Järvi and a performance of Omar ThomasCome Sunday by the Baylor University Wind Ensemble.