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February 28, 2006 Combining a jazz trio with gospel music, composer Frederick Tillis wrote an irrepressible work for the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus in 1985. The Spellman College and Morehouse College Glee Clubs join the Atlanta Symphony in a chorus from that work: "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit." Robert Spano is conducting.
February 28, 2006 A rarely-played gem of American music: William Grant Still's "Kaintuck" for piano and orchestra. Still was inspired to write the work after taking a train trip through Kentucky in 1935. Greg Kostraba solos with the the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Chelsea Tipton conducting.
February 24, 2006 The Grammy Award-winning ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock stops by NPR's Studio 4A to sing J.B.F. Wright's "Precious Memories." And in Boston's Symphony Hall, they perform Bernice Johnson Reagon's "Come Unto Me" and "Down the Road."
February 24, 2006 Spirituals in the 19th century were a symbol of sadness. William Levi Dawson understood that sadness when he wrote his Negro Folk Symphony of 1934. Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta Symphony in this concert performance.
February 24, 2006 Not all spirituals are old and traditional. Jazz violinist Lesa Terry performs her own composition, a new spiritual called "Keep It on a Movin' to the Promise Land." She's joined by percussionist Myungo Jackson and vocalist Ysaye Barnwell, leader of Sweet Honey in the Rock.
February 23, 2006 Seattle-based pianist William Chapman Nyaho joins Performance Today for a Black History Month celebration. A native of Ghana, he specializes in keyboard music written by composers of the African Diaspora.
February 22, 2006 In concert at Lincoln Center as part of the the Chamber Music series, the Imani Winds perform flutist Valerie Coleman's "Umoja" and a transcription of Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin."
February 22, 2006 American composer Henry T. Burleigh befriended Antonin Dvorak when the famed Czech composer lived in New York. We hear music from both men: Burleigh's "Ethiopia Saluting the Colors" and the "Largo" from Dvorak's Symphony No. 9.
February 16, 2006 The Sphinx Competition in Detroit is just one arm of multi-dimensional organization whose goal is to increase black and Latino participation in classical music. From this year's competition, Junior Division winner Gabriel Cabezas plays a movement of the J.C. Bach Cello Concerto in C minor with the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra.
February 7, 2006 Jessye Norman talks with NPR's Fred Child about her friend, Coretta Scott King. And in tribute to King on the day of her funeral, we hear Norman sing "Beim Schlafengehen," one of the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss. Kurt Masur conducts the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig.
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