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Martin Luther King Jr

January 16, 2012

A King Celebration 2012

On this Martin Luther King Day, our show is devoted to a celebration of the life of Dr. King. Music was an important force in the civil rights movement, and important in the personal life of Dr. King as well. We'll hear highlights from the annual King Celebration concert in his home town of Atlanta last Thursday evening, including Yo-Yo Ma performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony.

NOTE: Through our agreement with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, today's show featuring highlights from their concert "A King Celebration" is not available for web audio streaming.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Duke Ellington
    Village Virgins, from the River
    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, conductor
  • Traditional (Arranged by Moses Hogan)
    Elijah Rock
    The Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs, Kevin Johnson, director
    Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, B. 191
    Yo-Yo Ma, cello, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, conductor
    Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta

hour 2

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Sarabande from Solo Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
    Yo-Yo Ma, cello
    Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta
  • Frank Ticheli
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • John Adams
    Short Ride in a Fast Machine
    The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Three movements from Petrushka
    Yuja Wang, piano
    The Frederic Chopin Society, St. Paul
  • Bono
    The Concordia Choir, Rene Clausen, director
  • Thomas Dorsey
    Precious Lord, Take My Hand
    Mahalia Jackson, vocal, Mildred Falls, piano, Ralph Jones, organ
  • Traditional (Arranged by Uzee Brown Jr.)
    We Shall Overcome
    Yo-Yo Ma, cello, the Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, conductor
    Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta
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