WQXR looks at the role of black performers, composers and music industry figures throughout the month of February.

Recently in Black History Month 2013

I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.

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The Price of Admission: A Musical Biography of Florence Beatrice Price

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for "The Price of Admission," a one-hour program that explores the symphonic music, songs, works for piano and legacy of Florence Beatrice Price. 

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Spotlight: When Marian Anderson Sang at the Lincoln Memorial

Monday, February 04, 2013

Today we feature recordings of some pieces the great contralto Marian Anderson sang at the historic April 9, 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert.


The Dynamic Film Music of Quincy Jones

Saturday, February 02, 2013

David Garland presents an overview of Quincy Jones' movie music, including highlights from "The Color Purple," "The Italian Job," "In the Heat of the Night," and more.

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Spotlight: William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony

Friday, February 01, 2013

William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1 “Afro-American” is the first symphony composed by an African American that was performed by a major orchestra.

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Timeline: A History of Black Classical Musicians

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A long history of black involvement with the concert hall precedes contemporary developments. View our timeline, which includes more than 200 years worth of events.

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A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

In this hour-long musical biography, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work.

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