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Music can be functional. There are calls to rise and rest, to be alert and to meditate. Music helps people pray and to communicate with nature. On tonight's All Ears, we explore sounds and songs which allow us to feel those calls.

We hear a prayer for the Virgin Mary, Ave Maria sung by Chanticleer, and showcase a Native American sunrise melody performed by Ethel. Other selections on the show include prolific Chinese composer and conductor Zhou Long's dreamlike Secluded Orchid featuring the erhu, pipa, cello and percussion, as well as a piano lullaby composed by Anat Fort.



Franz Biebl: Ave Maria. Chanticleer
Chanticleer Label

Alexander Grechaninov: Lullaby. Paul Robeson, bass-baritone

Ethel and J. Bilagody: Zuni Sunrise Call. Ethel
Truck Stop Project

Anat Fort: Lullaby .
Anat Fort, piano
Andreas Henze, bass
Heinrich Koebberling, drums
Aaron Stewart, tenor saxophone
Dan Nadel, guitar
Anat Fort Label

Charles Ives: Variations on "America".  Charles Ives
St Louis Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin,  conductor

Gaudencio Thiago de Mello: Chants for the Chief.
Brazilian Native Chants, arr. Thiago de M.&C. Barbosa-Lima
Sharon Isbin, guitar
Gaudencio Thiago de Mello, percussion

Michael Torke: Four Proverbs.
Argo Band
Michael Torke, conductor
Catherine Bott, soprano

David Chesky: Psalm I.
Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg
Stephen Somary, conductor
Christian Richter, violin
Chesky Label

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Deep River.
William Chapman Nyaho, piano

Mark Dancigers: Hanging There.
NOW Ensemble
New Amsterdam Label

Zhou Long: Secluded Orchid.
Zhou Long, conductor
Wang Guowei, erhu
Chen Yihan, pipa
Fred Sherry, cello
Frank Cassara, percussion

John Adams: My Father Knew Charles Ives.
BBC Symphony Orchestra
John Adams, conductor

Frederic Chopin/Jacques Loussier: Nocturne No. 16 in E-flat, Op. 55/2.
Jacques Loussier, piano