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Vietnam Memorial

November 11, 2008

Music in honor of Veterans Day

Composer James "Kimo" Williams went to Vietnam in 1970, and served there for a year. Like many vets, he had a hard time adjusting to life when he got home. He composed "Symphony for the Sons of Nam" as a way to help him deal with the war. Today's show features a performance of his symphony by the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • John Philip Sousa
    Three Marches
    The Nonpareil Wind Band with conductor Timothy Foley
  • George Gershwin
    "Rhapsody in Blue"
    Clarinetists Alexander and Daniel Gurfinkel with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mario Kosik
    Concert Studio, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Samuel Barber
    Adagio for Strings
    The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Mario Kosik
    Concert Studio, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • John Philip Sousa
    "The Black Horse Troop"
    The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Kaul Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
  • James "Kimo" Williams
    "Symphony for the Sons of Nam"
    The Chicago Sinfonietta with conductor Paul Freeman

hour 2

  • Johannes Brahms
    Un Poco Allegretto from Symphony No. 1 in C Minor
    The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor George Szell
  • John Stafford Smith
    "The Star-Spangled Banner"
    The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Franz Welser-Most
    Knight Concert Hall, Miami
  • Johannes Brahms
    Violin Concerto
    Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann with the Cleveland Orchestra and conductor Franz Welser-Most
    Severance Hall, Cleveland
  • Gustav Mahler
    "Urlicht" from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn"
    The United States Air Force Reserve Brass Quintet
    Reinhardt College, Waleska, Georgia
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