Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ Rediscovered
Grammy winners Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell team up with Spanish violin virtuoso Francisco Fullana and his 1735 Guarneri violin for this joyous romp through the baroque countryside. Through many tour performances in the past decade, Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire are known for bringing Vivaldi’s masterpiece to life as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling the composer intended. From a ...
I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes
WQXR’s Terrance McKnight hosts an hour-long special that celebrates the poetry and music of an icon of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes.
Chineke! at 2021 Proms
The Chineke! Orchestra returns for its fourth visit to the Proms, celebrating diversity in composers as well as performers. Black British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s overture to his popular cantata based on the tale of a Native American leader quotes the spiritual “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.” There are further meetings of African and European musical styles in Nigerian composer ...
Scott Joplin’s ‘Treemonisha’
Scott Joplin's ragtime opera Treemonisha is the story of a young freedwoman who faces persecution and danger because of her education. The opera was completed in 1911 but did not receive its first complete performance until 1972, 55 years after the composer's death.