Poster Martin Luther King, Jr
Martin Luther King Jr delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech
Photo: Rowland Scherman, via National Archives
Performance Today®

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The impact of Dr. Martin Luther King is more important than ever. Join us for this special edition of Performance Today honoring Dr. King through music. We'll hear music he loved and the pieces composed by musicians who loved him.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Carl Boberg and Stuart K. Hine, arr. Kenneth Thompkins: How Great Thou Art
Kenneth Thompkins, trombone | Velda Kelly and Laura Roelofs, violins | Romona Merritt, viola | Nadine Deleury, cello
Album: Sonatas, Songs, and Spirituals
Kenneth Thompkins

Quinn Mason: Reflection on a Memorial
Serafim Smigelskiy, cello | Alex Fortes, violin | Will Frampton, viola | Experiential Orchestra | James Blachly, conductor
Renewal: An Evening with Louise Toppin, DiMenna Center, New York, NY

Moses Hogan: My Soul's Been Anchored
Morehouse College Glee Club | David Morrow, conductor
Album: Bound for the Promised Land
Albany Records

Valerie Coleman: Concerto for Wind Quintet
Imani Winds
Album: Imani Winds: The Classical Underground
Koch 7599

Traditional, arr. Lara Downes & PUBLIQuartet:  Deep River
Lara Downes, piano | PUBLIQuartet
Album: Some of These Days
Flipside Music

Nora Holt: Nora's Dance
Lara Downes, piano
Album: Phenomenal Women
Rising Sun 3

Margaret Bonds/Langston Hughes: When the Dove Enters In
Davone Tines, baritone | Lara Downes, piano
Album: Remember Me To Harlem
Rising Sun

Sam Cooke, arr. Jeremy Siskind: A Change Is Gonna Come
Lara Downes, piano
Brevard Music Center, Parker Concert Hall, Brevard Music Center, Brevard, NC

Hour 2

Jason Moran: Selma (excerpts)
Jason Moran, piano
Album: Selma (Music from the Motion Picture)
Paramount Pictures/Pathe Productions Ltd.

Traditional arr. Shawn Okpebholo: Balm in Gilead
Othello Jefferson, tenor | LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, piano | Stephanie McNab, flute
Album: Good News: African American Spirituals and Art Songs

Charles Albert Tindley, arr. Mark O'Connor: We Shall Overcome
Mark O'Connor, violin | Rieko Aizawa, piano
Album: American Classics

Joseph Schwantner: New Morning For The World ("Daybreak of Freedom")
Willie Stargell, narrator | Eastman Philharmonia | David Effron, conductor
Album: Schwantner: New Morning for the World
Mercury 411 031

Ysaye M. Barnwell: Wanting Memories
Album: That Eternal Day
Cantus 1210

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American Public Media’s Performance Today® is America’s most popular classical music radio program and a winner of the 2014 Gabriel Award for artistic achievement. The show is broadcast on hundreds of public radio stations across the country, including at 1 p.m. central weekdays on Minnesota Public Radio. More information about our stations can be found at APM Distribution.

Performance Today® features live concert recordings that can’t be heard anywhere else, highlights from new album releases, and in-studio performances and interviews. Performance Today® is based at the APM studios in St. Paul, Minnesota, but is frequently on the road, with special programs broadcast from festivals and public radio stations around the country. Also, each Wednesday, composer Bruce Adolphe joins host Fred Child for a classical musical game and listener favorite: the Piano Puzzler.

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