Welcome to Afrocentric Voices Radio!
You will hear a range of Classical music often missed by traditional Classical music stations. There are recordings of vocal music by historical African American composers like William Grant Still and H. T. Burleigh and vocalists such as Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson. There are also performances of works by contemporary composers such as Anthony Davis and George Walker and singers Denyce Graves, Lawrence Brownlee, Florence Quivar and Darryl Taylor. And, of course, you will hear great vocalists, including Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, Shirley Verrett, Grace Bumbry, Kathleen Battle and others who have achieved international success.
Whether operas, oratorios or art songs, whether accompanied by single instrument or large ensemble, the recordings share the common presence of the glorious solo voice.
Each day from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central Time, you will hear selections focusing on a specific theme:
Sunday - The Art of the Negro SpiritualThe beauty of this American folk song performed in concert format
Monday - Festival of SongSecular art songs by African American vocalists and composers
Tuesday - Oh, Pioneers Vocalists who helped establish an African American presence in the world of classical music
Wednesday - Present Company AcceptedVocalists from the later half of the 20th Century to today
Thursday - Gentlemen’s Agreement From countertenor to bass, African American vocalists sing opera, art song and oratorio
Friday - Big Hand for the Ladies From coloratura to contralto, African American vocalists sing opera, art song and oratorio
Saturday - It Ain’t Art Song! Excerpts from opera, oratorio, requiems, and theater performed by African American classical vocalists
Sunday mornings are filled with Sacred Sounds from 8:00 until 11:00 a.m. CDT. African American vocalists lift up historical and contemporary Classical music from the Christian tradition.
If you have suggestions for a theme or recordings to feature, contact Randye Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to donate a commercially produced classical recording featuring solo vocal music performed or composed by an African American, I would be happy to consider it for addition to the station's playlist. Please send donations to: PO Box 281, Grinnell, IA 50112.
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