Poster Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas
Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas
The Portal to Texas History, via Wikimedia Commons
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'Juneteenth' is the longest-running celebration of the end of slavery. For many Americans, it's a day of reflection on freedom, resilience, and strength.  Tune in today for classical music reflections on the meaning of Juneteenth.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Melancholy

Odekhiren Amaize, baritone | David Korevaar, piano

Album: The Negro Speaks of Rivers: Art Songs by African-American Composers

Musicians Showcase 1011

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Flute Sonata

Adam Eccleston, flute | Monica Ohuchi, piano

Album: Amplify: Changing America's Playlist

Navona 6456

Piano Puzzler

Ted Fisher from Belgrade, Serbia

Errollyn Wallen: Horseplay

Continuum Ensemble

Philip Headlam, conductor

Album: The Girl in My Alphabet

Avie 06

Hour 2

William Grant Still: Summerland

Jean DeMart, flute | Ann Hobson Pilot, harp | Lydia Forbes, violin | George Taylor, viola | Mark Churchill, cello | Videmus

Album: Works by William Grant Still

New World Records 80399


Adrian Dunn: Prelude to Zeek

The Rize Orchestra | Adrian Dunn, conductor

Album: Emancipation Act 2 Live

HoperaWorld Music


Adrian Dunn: Zeek

Ericah Renee, soprano | The Adrian Dunn Singers

Adrian Dunn, conductor

Album: Emancipation Act 2 Live

HoperaWorld Music


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Nonet in f minor, op. 2 movements 2- 4

Members of the Minnesota Orchestra: Rui Du, violin | Jenni Seo, viola | Silver Ainomae, cello | Kristen Bruya, bass | John Snow, oboe | Osmo Vanska, clarinet

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN


Louis Armstrong Arr. Anderson & Roe: What a Wonderful World

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA


Michael Dudley: Prayer for Our Times

Sphinx Virtuosi

Lillian & Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC


Xavier Foley: Ev'ry Voice

Sphinx Virtuosi

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

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