Poster Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes - American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist
Photo: Carl Van Vechten (Library of Congress)
Performance Today®

Musical poetry

American writer and poet Langston Hughes had a musical way with words. Music inspired his poetry...and his poetry has now inspired music. Join us today to hear a piece inspired by the words of Langston Hughes: A Thousand Whirling Dreams by composer, jazz pianist, and teacher Dana Wilson.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Johannes Brahms: Sonata No. 1 for Clarinet & Piano: Movement 3
Jon Manasse, clarinet | Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Album: Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas
Harmonia Mundi 907430

Joel Thompson: In Response to the Madness, for string quartet
Members of the Minnesota Orchestra: Rui Du, violin | Cecilia Belcher, violin | Sam Bergman, viola | Minji Choi, cello
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Frederic Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35
Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano
Quebec Summer Festivals, Concerts aux Iles de Bic, Quebec, Canada

Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine | Theodore Kuchar, conductor
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Hour 2

Fanny Mendelssohn: Andante Soave
Beatrice Rauchs, piano
Album: Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Music
BIS 885

Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-Flat Major
Geoffrey Herd, violin | Eliot Heaton, violin | Hillary Herndon, viola | Max Geissler, cello
Geneva Music Festival, Froelich Hall Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva NY

Margaret Bonds: from Three Dream Portraits: Movements 1-2
Bonnie Pomfret, soprano | Laura Gordy, piano
Album: De Toda la Eternidad

Dana Wilson: A Thousand Whirling Dreams
The Ulster Chamber Music Series, Church of the Holy Cross, Kingston, NY

Scott Joplin, arr. Rick Benjamin: Treemonisha: Act 3: A Real Slow Drag
Janinah Burnett, soprano | Anita Johnson, soprano | Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and Singers | Rick Benjamin, conductor
Album: Scott Joplin: Treemonisha
Anthology of Recorded Music, Inc.

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