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

Lara Downes
KUSC Los Angeles and KDFC San Francisco
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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.

Playlist:

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