Classical music is the heart and soul of the original Giving Thanks. This year features an English Chamber Orchestra performance of the "Alexander's Feast" Concerto by Handel; The Lark Ascending by Vaughn Williams (highlighted by violinist Julia Fischer); and Bernstein's sublime A Simple Song, performed by the Boston Pops.
Between the music, no cliches about pilgrims and pumpkin pies. Instead, it's a contemporary celebration of spirit of Gratitude. And continuing a Giving Thanks tradition: a spellbinding story from actor Charles Laughton, giving thanks for Art that connects us all to the creative spirit.
Whether you are early in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.
New for 2014: Two great poets will join us at the table. We remember Maya Angelou, and she shares her Thanksgiving blessing and memories. Nikki Giovanni reads food poems from her new book, and recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college! Garrison Keillor reads "Minnesota Thanksgiving" by John Berryman, and to celebrate another poet with a centenary in 2014, Dylan Thomas reads his poem of praise "Fern Hill."
Also, Simple Gifts from Copland, a "Simple Song" from Bernstein, and lots of music about fall, food, and gratitude. For listeners in the kitchen, on the road, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.
Traditional: We Gather Together — Boston Pops/John Williams
Handel: Concerto "Alexander's Feast" — English Chamber Orchestra
Nikki Giovanni reads 'Artichoke Soup' and 'Spices' from "Chasing Utopia"
Schumann: Scenes from Childhood (selections) — Wilhelm Kempff, piano
Dylan Thomas reads "Fern Hill"
Mark Isham: A River Runs Through It
Henry Purcell: Fantasy on Old 100th (Doxology) — Canadian Brass
Monteverdi: Mass of Thanksgiving 1631:Gloria — Taverner Consort
Nikki Giovanni tells Thanksgiving story
Copland: The Promise of Living — Cincinnati Pops
Maya Angelou Thanksgiving interview with Vertamae Grosvenor
Let Us Break Bread Together — Uptown String Quartet
Galway Kinnell reads "In Fields of Summer"
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending — Julia Fischer, violin
Nikki Giovanni reads "I am at that point" from Chasing Utopia
Wendell Berry: The Wild Geese (read by Ellen Kushner)
Bernstein: A Simple Song — Boston Pops/John Williams
Traditional: Morning Has Broken — Angele Dubeau, violin
John Tavener: Akathist of Thanksgiving — Westminster Abbey Choir
Alice Sommer Herz on gratitude
Nikki Giovanni reads gratitude poems from "Chasing Utopia"
Tradtional: Come ye thankful — Jacqueline Schwab, piano
John Berryman: Minnesota Thanksgiving (read by Garrison Keillor)
Vladimir Martynov: Come In — Kremerata Baltica
From Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums," Chartres Cathedral story; Psalm 104 — read by Charles Laughton
Traditional (arr. Stephen Paulus): We Gather Together — Dale Warland Singers
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