Poster Composer Shawn E. Okpebholo
Composer Shawn E. Okpebholo
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Shawn E. Okpebholo: Two Black Churches

In 2020, composer Shawn E. Okpebholo published a piece that reflects on two acts of racial violence, events separated by more than fifty years. The music serves as a tribute to the resilience and perseverance of the African American community in the face of adversity. On today's show, we'll hear "Two Black Churches" by Shawn E. Okpebholo.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Jean Francaix: Quintet No. 2 for flute, string trio, and harp: Movement 1 Allegrissimo
The Mobius Ensemble: Lorna McGhee, flute | Allison Nicholls, harp | Philippe Honore, violin | Ashan Pillai, viola | Martin Storey, cello
Album: Jean Francaix Three Quintets
ASV 1090

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet in E-flat major, K. 428
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Bank of America Chamber Music Series Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Jean Francaix: String Trio
Trio Ad Libitum: Elizabeth Fayette, violin | Jordan Bak, viola | Timotheos Gavriilidis-Petrin, cello
Guarneri Hall NFP, Guarneri Hall, Chicago, IL

Ricardo Herz: Mourinho
Sphinx Virtuosi
Sphinx Virtuosi: Tracing Visions, Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul, MN

Hour 2

Ulysses Kay: Three Inventions
Monica Gaylord, piano
Album: Piano Music of Black Composers
Music & Arts 737

Robert Manno: Petite Voyage en Nostalgie for Flute, Harp, and String Orchestra
Eva Ding, flute | Jacqueline Kerrod, harp | Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra | Robert Manno, conductor
Catskill Mountain Foundation, Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter, NY

Michael Abels: Delights and Dances
Chicago Sinfonietta | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Album: Delights and Dances
Cedille 90000 141

Shawn E. Okpebholo: Two Black Churches
Will Liverman, baritone | Paul Sanchez, piano
Album: Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers

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