The Dreamers

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Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington, D.C.

Fifty years ago this week, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech and Americans took to the streets of Washington, DC, marching for jobs and opportunity.

That same day, Aug. 28, 1963, a number of Americans in Paris took to the streets to show their solidarity with the Civil Rights movement at home. Among those present were Hazel Scott, James Baldwin, Mae Mercer, Memphis Slim and 100 others.

This week, host Terrance McKnight explores music by American, French and Canadian composers that represent the ideals of liberty, equality and self awakening.

A Dream Universal on this edition of All Ears.



John Cage

Leo Smit, piano

Music Masters


Elusive Dreams

Carleton Macy

Ancia Saxophone Quartet

Dee Langley, accordion



Reve Charmant-Nocturne

Thomas Wiggins

John Davis, piano



String Quartet No. 1, “American Dreams”

Peter Schichkele

Audubon Quartet



Canticle of Freedom

Aaron Copland

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Seattle Symphony Chorale



Three Dream Portraits

Margaret Bonds

Alison Buchanan, soprano

Terrence Wilson, piano

Ritz Chamber players



Claude Debussy/Jacques Loussier

Jacques Loussier Trio



The Passion of Martin Luther King

Nicolas Flagello

Oregon Symphony

James DePreist, conductor

Portland Symphony Choir

Raymond Bazemore, bass

KOCH International


You are (Variations): You Are Wherever Your Thoughts Are

Steve Reich

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Grant Gershon, conductor



Le Pays de reves, Op. 39/3 (The Land of Dreams)

Gabriel Faure

Elly Ameling, soprano

Dalton Baldwin, piano