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

Singing - with voices and on instruments - on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday(Photo: Creative Commons/Flickr/Brian Smithson)
Singing - with voices and on instruments - on The American Sound, 6 pm Saturday(Photo: Creative Commons/Flickr/Brian Smithson)

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.

Join me Saturday at 6 pm for “Voices Sung and Unsung” on The American Sound. It’s a program of music sung by choirs and solo singers, and also vocal music in settings for orchestra and wind ensemble that make even the instruments sing.

A gorgeous work by one of today’s foremost composers of choral music, Eric Whitacre, pairs up Saturday evening with Samuel Barber’s wistful Knoxville: Summer of 1915  for soprano and orchestra. We’ll also hear three of Randall Thompson’s choral works in beautiful arrangements for wind ensemble, and we’ll go to a Paris night club, where the instruments of the Seattle Symphony will sing the blues.

Whether you sing in your church choir, or prefer to wail away in the shower, tune in for “Voices Sung and Unsung,” Saturday at 6 pm on The American Sound on Classical 101.

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