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Let Freedom Ring: A Musical Celebration of Juneteenth with Lara Downes

Lara Downes
KUSC Los Angeles and KDFC San Francisco
KUSC Los Angeles and KDFC San Francisco
Lara Downes

Airs Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 3 p.m. On a day when America commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in our country, we welcome you to Let Freedom Ring: A Musical Celebration of Juneteenth with Lara Downes. Lara has been shining a bright light on the music and contributions of Black composers through her performances, podcasts and recordings. In this one-hour special, Lara takes listeners on a unique journey through musical heritage and the celebration of freedom. A special presentation from Classical California, a partnership of KUSC Los Angeles and KDFC San Francisco.


Composer: Florence Price
Title: Dances in the Canebreaks
Performers: Chicago Sinfonietta / Mei-Ann Chen
Record Label: Cedille
Album Title: Project W
Duration: 9:28

Composer: William L. Dawson
Title: Negro Folk Symphony
Performers: Detroit Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi
Record Label: Chandos
Album Title: Still: Symphony No.2/Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony/Ellington: Harlem - DSO/Jarvi
Duration: 28:27

Composer: Jessie Montgomery
Title: Starburst
Performers: String Orchestra
Record Label: Azica
Album Title: Strum
Duration: 3:24

Composer: Lettie B. Alston
Title: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Performer: Lara Downes, piano
Record Label: Rising Sun
Duration: 6:08

Composer: Bob Marley
Title: Redemption Song
Performers: The Kanneh-Masons
Record Label: Decca
Album Title: Carnival of the Animals
Duration: 3:51

Composer: Anonymous
Title: Amazing Grace
Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Alexander Gibson / Ambrosian Singers / Jessye Norman, soprano
Record Label: Philips
Albumt Title: The Jessye Norman Collection: Her Greatest Performances in Opera and Song
Duration: 3:19