Significant Mothers

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Among the highlights of President Obama's inauguration ceremonies last month was a performance of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The performance, which came just minutes before the president took the oath of office, featured a solo by the mezzo-soprano Alicia Olatuja.

This week host Terrance McKnight brings Ms. Olatuja in to talk about her performance and her musical beginnings. She says much of her success is due to sacrifices made by her mother.

Terrance also weaves stories and music by other performers and composers whose mothers had a significant role in their musical and development – including one mother who wrote a text that her son set to music and won a Grammy Award.


New York Vocal Arts Ensemble
Fred Sherry, cello
Raymond Beegle, piano
Arturo Delmoni, violin

Don Byron

Arias and Barcarolles
Leonard Bernstein
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Gerard Schwartz
Jane Bunnell, mezzo-soprano
Dale Duesing, baritone

Art Tatum
Best of Jazz

Serenade Melancolique
Peter I. Tchaikovsky
London Symphony Orchestra
Jane Glover, conductor
Midori, violin

Edward K. Ellington
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Duke Ellington, conductor

Danzas de Panama
William Grant Still
Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Isaiah Jackson, conductor
Best of Jazz

Maurice Ravel
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortilier
Susan Graham, mezzo -soprano
Warner Classics

The Song of the Earth: The farewell
Gustav Mahler
Uri Caine Ensemble
Uri Caine, piano
Winter & Winter

Étude No. 3 in E
Frederic Chopin
Andrei Gavrilov

Comments [1]

Jonathan Brown from Lawrence, New York

Why is All Ears not available for listening online anymore. The other weekend shows such as Movies on the Radio and Choral Mix are so why not this?

Feb. 04 2013 12:44 PM

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