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Westward Ho!: The Golden Spike, 6 pm Saturday on The American Sound

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The Golden Spike plaque at Promontory Summit, Utah, marking the point at which the railroad connected the East and West Coasts.
1:40PM
April
24, 2014

On May 10, 1869, workers drove the so-called “golden spike”spike through railroad ties joining the Union Pacific Railroad with the Central Pacific Railroad. Saturday evening on The American Sound, hear American composer George Antheil’s “Golden Spike,” inspired by America’s transcontinental railroad.

A ‘Crown of Thorns’ on The American Sound, 6 p.m. Saturday

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Hear David Maslanka's "Crown of Thorns" on The American Sound, Saturday at 6 p.m. on Classical 101.
1:00PM
April
17, 2014

Read about the botanical inspiration for American composer David Maslanka’s marimba work Crown of Thorns, and listen to Maslanka’s otherworldly music Saturday at 6 p.m. on The American Sound on Classical 101.

The American Sound Celebrates Women Composers, 6 p.m. Saturday

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hear music of Grammy Award-winning composer Maria Schneider on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday.
1:40PM
February
27, 2014

Once again this year, and by presidential proclamation, March is Women’s History Month in America. Saturday evenings in March on The American Sound, Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick showcases music by some of America’s best contemporary composers – who also happen to be women.

Happy Music on The American Sound, 6pm Saturday

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Hear some American music that made one great conductor happy, Saturday, 6 p.m, on The American Sound on classical 101.
1:38PM
January
30, 2014

We all know that music affects our moods. Beethoven energizes us and Mozart’s music makes us hold our heads a little higher, while if you need to de-stress, the gentle, wafting music of Delius does the trick. Tune in for happy music on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday on Classical 101!

Majestic Mountains on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday

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Hear Charles Denler's "Rocky Mountain Odyssey" on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday on Classical 101.
9:55AM
January
16, 2014

Mountain tops have long been the proverbial seats of wisdom for philosophers and poets. Scarcely an outdoorsman or -woman can honestly claim not to have heard the siren call of Everest, McKinley or Kilimanjaro. Tune in for great American music inspired by the majesty of mountains, Saturday at 6 pm on The American Sound.

Voices Sung and Unsung on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday

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Singing - with voices and on instruments - on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday
1:30PM
January
9, 2014

It’s an impulse as primal as eating, sleeping and watching Downton Abbey. Singing frees our deepest, truest emotions in melodies that transport words beyond themselves and into the ears and hearts of all who hear them.

‘Beginnings’ and ‘Firsts’ on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday

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Tune in for music about "beginnings," "firsts" and "new things" on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday.
3:47PM
January
3, 2014

In the spirit of putting the first weekend of the new year on the right foot, tune in to The American Sound Saturday at 6 pm for beautiful and inspiring American music about “firsts,” “new things” and “beginnings.”

It’s an American Christmas on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday

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Toy soldiers and Old Glory: It's an American Christmas on The American Sound, 6 pm Sasturday
12:41PM
December
20, 2013

Saturday at 6 pm on The American Sound it’s Christmas at the movies, early American Christmas music and a symphony that reminds us what hope is all about.

The American Sound Tours U.S. Cities Saturday at 6 pm

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Visit Seattle and other great U.S. cities Saturday, 6 pm, on The American Sound on Classical 101.
1:42PM
November
14, 2013

What city are you? Join Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick for a musical tour of great American cities, Saturday at 6 pm on The American Sound.

The Art of Inspiration Saturday, 6 pm, on The American Sound

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Music inspired by music: Charles Ives' Country Band March, Saturday at 6 pm on The American Sound on Classical 101.
1:30AM
October
31, 2013

Anything can inspire a piece of music – nature, children’s laughter, the noise of a city street, even other works of art. Tune in for the Art of Inspiration, Saturday at 6 pm on The American Sound on Classical 101.