Democratic Dissonance

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

This episode of All Ears is a musical response to the various opinions and passions that continue to drive America's march to true democracy. 

The program begins with an invocation by Mahalia Jackson, and includes works by Alan Hovhaness, music sung by the Morehouse College Glee Club, as well as compositions by Lou Harrison, and Debussy.

Centering the episode is a piece entitled Apartment House 1776. In the spirit of true democracy, composer John Cage created this piece to mark America's bicentenary. It presents solutions to issues of intolerance and prejudice.






It is Well With My Soul

H.G. Spafford/ Phillip Bliss

Mahalia Jackson, voice



Prayer of Saint Gregory

Alan Hovhaness

Manhattan Chamber Orchestra

Richard Auldon Clark, conductor

Chriss Gekker, trumpet

Koch International


Be Thou My Vision


The Morehouse College Glee Club

David Morrow, director



A New Day

Misha Alperin

Misha Alperin, piano

Anja Lechner, cello



Capriccio in B-flat, "On the Departure of a Brother"

BWV 992

Johann Sebastian Bach

Angela Hewitt



Black Folks

Claude Bolling

Hubert Laws, Bud Shank, flute

Claude Bolling, piano

Shelly Mane, drums

Chuck Damonico, bass



Apartment House 1776

John Cage

Walter Buckingham, protestant

Darrell Dunn, native american

Semenya McCord, african american

Chiam Parchi, sephardi




Russell Pinkston

Jade Simmons, piano



blue cathedra

Jennifer Higdon

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Robert Spano, conductor




Symphony no. 2 "Elegiac"

Lou Harrison

American Composers Orchestra

Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

Music Masters


Beau Soir


Midori, violin

Robert McDonald, piano



Comments [1]

frank morris from Jersey City

It is 11:30 pm Saturday night 7/20th I need to go to sleep but cannot because Mr. McKnight is playing some very captivating music. I am volunteer myself as a captive. I am confused as to how to find what he is playing at this 11:30 pm hour. Can anyone help me, I'd love to own this selection. The playlist does not seem to be available late night.

Jul. 20 2013 11:41 PM

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