Black History Month Highlights

February 3, 2024, 11:00 am

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Stitched image showing formal, black-and-white portrait of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; color photo of Miriam Kessler posing with a harp; and Rhiannon Giddens, lit in blue and yellow, strumming a banjo and singing onstage
Left to right: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Miriam Kessler, Rhiannon Giddens.

Our annual highlights episode for the start of Black History Month features solo and ensemble pieces by composers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Cuba.


William Grant Still: Summerland
Miriam Kessler, piano
First broadcast March 25, 2023

Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes: Cello Suite No. 1:
I. Minuet
II. Courante
III. Gigue
Simon Updegraff, cello
First broadcast November 11, 2023

Leo Brouwer: Un día de noviembre
Joseph Kim, guitar
First broadcast September 9, 2023

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor arr. Althea Talbot-Howard: Deep River Sonata, Melodies from Op. 59:
I. Thata Nabandji
Interlude I: Oloba (oboe solo)
II. Deep River
Interlude II: Oloba (piano solo)
III. The Bamboula
Zachary Allen, oboe; Mio Nakamura, piano
First broadcast June 17, 2023

Miriam Kessler: Op. 105
Sofia Radovic, violin; Daniel Schlosberg, piano
First broadcast June 24, 2023

Adolphus Hailstork: Three Smiles for Tracey
Louis Auxenfans, clarinet
First broadcast June 10, 2023

Rhiannon Giddens: At the Purchaser’s Option
Lake Zurich High School Symphony Orchestra; Nathan Sackschewsky, conductor
First broadcast December 2, 2023

Daniel Bernard Roumain: FILTER
Tristan Zhu, violin
Recorded at Senn High School at a Bach to School event, November 17, 2023.