Song of America : March 2012

Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Langston Hughes, one of America’s great poets, gave jubilant voice to the lives of African Americans. His poetry has inspired settings by dozens of composers; we hear some of that music and learn about the world that inspired him.


Songs We’ve Always Sung

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs have become recital standards, but traditional texts and tunes have attracted many other classical composers, including John Jacob Niles, George Crumb and Jake Heggie.

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Emily Dickinson: Letter to the World

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The reclusive poet Emily Dickinson explored all of life’s emotions and there are hundreds of compelling settings of her poems by composers from Ernst Bacon to André Previn to Ned Rorem.


'There Is No Gender In Music'

Sunday, March 04, 2012

"There is no gender in music," said composer Elinor Remick Warren. In this program we look at the lives and songs of generations of American women composers.

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