Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Changing people's lives

Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo Screenshot Kinshasa Symphony

Today's show offers evidence of the many ways that music changes people's lives. We'll hear about the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The musicians in the orchestra are like other Congolese. They struggle with every aspect of daily life: food, shelter, medical care, raising families. And yet, they're immensely dedicated. And music is changing the lives of the dedicated young musicians of the Aspen Festival. We'll hear a couple of knockout performances from Aspen, and meet young Aspen conductor Case Scaglione.