Bessie Smith http://wrti.org en The 1930s: World Struggles, Music Lives http://wrti.org/post/1930s-world-struggles-music-lives <p>This week on <em>Crossover</em>, a look at the struggles of the oppressed in the 1930s, and the music that helped people thrive despite those struggles. Join us on November 9th at 11:30 am. Our first guest is Dorit Straus, daughter of David Grunschlag, virtuoso violinist and the first concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. &nbsp;Ms. Straus speaks with Jill about her father and the events that put him in that very important concertmaster's chair.&nbsp; We'll&nbsp; hear two vintage recordings made in 1949 from a radio program in New York on which Mr. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:35:44 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 6661 at http://wrti.org The 1930s: World Struggles, Music Lives The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith http://wrti.org/post/mythic-power-bessie-smith <em>Vocalist Bessie Smith's musical career, spanning 1923-33, has been collected in a new 10-CD box set, </em>Bessie Smith: The Complete Columbia Recordings.<p>Recorded shortly before the 1927 floods that devastated the Mississippi River valley, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404953/bessie-smith">Bessie Smith</a> had written "Back Water Blues" in sympathy with flood victims she'd encountered near Cincinnati months earlier, who, the story goes, asked her to bear witness to their pain. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:26:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 4771 at http://wrti.org The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith