A program using music from Black American composers to highlight progress and the pain that has been held in the community at large. Using the commemoration of the emancipation of all those who had been enslaved in the United States as a starting point, the special will face our country’s racist past and present a tapestry of sounds, somber to ecstatic.
Hosted by Steve Staruch and Jeffrey Yelverton from American Public Media.
William Grant Still: And They Lynched Him on a Tree: No. 6 They Left Him Hanging
VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Orchestra
William Grant Still: Darker America
American Symphony Orchestra
Margaret Bonds: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Darryl Taylor, tenor; Maria Corley, piano
Undine Smith Moore: Before I’d Be a Slave
Maria Corley, piano
George Walker: Folk Songs for Orchestra I. Going to lay down my sword and shield
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Regina Harris Baiocchi: ‘Hold Out for Joy’
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: African Suite: Danse Nègre
London Symphony Orchestra
Adolphus Hailstork: ‘Shout for Joy’