This Juneteenth we commemorate the holiday with two contrasting and powerful playlists — Remembrance and Celebration. Remembrance is about the past, and represents the struggle of Black Americans to get to where we are today. Celebration is about the joy and jubilee felt in the presence of positive change for now and in the future.
Remembrance — Track listing
William Grant Still: And They Lynched Him on a Tree
VocalEssence Ensemble Singers & Orchestra
Margaret Bonds: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Darryl Taylor, tenor; Maria Corley, piano
Anthony Davis: Act II, Scene I — X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
George Walker: Lilacs
Faye Robinson, soprano; Arizona State University Orchestra
Undine Smith Moore: Before I'd Be a Slave
Maria Corley, piano
Regina Harris Baiocchi: Hurston Songs — How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Rae-Myra Hilliard, soprano; Dana Brown, piano; Elizabeth Anderson, cello
William Grant Stills: Darker America
American Symphony Orchestra
Celebration — Track listing
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: African Suite: Danse Negre
London Symphony Orchestra
Will Marion Cook: Rain Song
William Brown, tenor; Ann Sears, piano
Florence Price: Mississippi River Suite
Adolphus Hailstork: Celebration!
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Regina Harris Baiocchi: Hold Out for Joy
George Walker: Folk Songs for Orchestra
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Robert Nathaniel Dett: The Chariot Jubilee
Adolphus Hailstork: Shout for Joy
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