Many Americans have had to raise their voices to be recognized or even heard in America. In this program, we hear songs of African Americans and Native Americans; women, immigrants and war resisters; and voices from the labor movement and the gay rights movement.
Program details (song, composer/poet and performers):
Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
John Rosamond Johnson, arr. by William Grant Still / James Weldon Johnson
Robert Honeysucker, baritone; Videmus chamber ensemble.
Song for a Dark Girl from My Dark Hands
Hermann Reutter / Langston Hughes
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Silhouette from Shadow of the Blues
John Musto / Langston Hughes
Paul Sperry, tenor; Irma Vallecillo, piano.
Inketunga's Thunder Song from Three Indian Songs
Arthur Farwell / Arthur Farwell
William Parker, baritone; William Huckaby, piano.
Charles Ives / Charles James Sprague
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano.
The Ballad of Ira Hayes
Peter LaFarge / Peter LaFarge
Pete Seeger, singer and guitar.
Within Thy Heart
Amy Marcy Beach / Amy March Beach
Patrick Mason, baritone; Joanne Polk, piano.
Chinaman, Laundryman from Two Ricercari
Ruth Crawford Seeger / H. T. Tsiang
Lucy Shelton, soprano; Reinbert de Leeuw, piano.
Earl Robinson / Alfred Hayes
Paul Robeson, bass-baritone; Alan Booth, piano.
Joe Worker from the film soundtrack for Cradle Will Rock
Marc Blitzstein / Marc Blitzstein
Audra McDonald, soprano; Steven Tyler, piano.
The Real War Will Never Get in the Books from War Scenes
Ned Rorem / Walt Whitman
Donald Gramm, bass-baritone; Eugene Istomin, piano.
Official Notice from The Face of War
Elie Siegmeister / Langston Hughes
Esther Hinds, soprano; Alan Mandel, piano.
Fury from The AIDS Quilt Songbook
Donald Wheelock / Susan Snively
William Parker, baritone; Alan Marks, piano
We Two Boys Together Clinging from Whitman Songs
Michael Tilson Thomas / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.