Many Americans have had to raise their voices to be recognized or even heard in America. In this program, on Sunday, July 29, 5 to 6 pm, you'll hear songs of African Americans and Native Americans; women, immigrants, and war resisters; and voices from the labor movement and the gay rights movement.
Song of America is a new radio series that reveals American classic song - poetry set to music by American composers - as a vibrant diary of the American experience.
Each program focuses on a particular topic that sheds light on a larger theme in American history, and includes songs drawn from archival and modern recordings, plus stories and insights from Hampson about the people and events that inspired those songs. Several programs also feature interviews with experts from related fields.
The series airs on selected Sundays at 5 pm - be sure to check the WRTI website for schedule updates. Baritone Thomas Hampson, who conceived and developed the series, is host.