Many Are the Voices

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

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.

The Indians
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.

Joe Hill
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.

Oh, Freedom
Odetta, singer.

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