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Midday Music Playlist for 01/17/2011

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, GPB features Mary D. Watkins' Five Movements in Color ("an epochal painting about our journey in this country"), John Duffy's Saxophone Concerto (whose slow movement was inspired by the civil rights-era church bombing in Birmingham), Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian's American Story (historical scenes from various perspectives, ending in our "ongoing determination to move forward...learn and grow together") and the new Atlanta Symphony recording of Alvin Singleton's PraiseMaker, about "who we were" and "who we are to be."

Duffy, John Saxophone Concerto: Manhattan Juggernaut; Harlem, Memorial for Children; Opening Day, Yankee Stadium Glenn Morrissette, Cassatt String Quartet, Tomoya Aomori Albany 1240
Gershwin, George Rhapsody in Blue, original version for piano and jazz band George Gershwin (via piano roll), Columbia Jazz Band, Thomas CBS 42240
Singleton, Alvin PraiseMaker Atlanta Sym Orch and Chorus, Spano Telarc 32630
Trad. spiritual/Coleman Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit Imani Wind Quintet Imani 6227
Watkins, Mary D. Five Movements in Color: Once Upon a Time; Soul of Remembrance; Urban Suave and Dance Survivalist; Slow Burn; Drive-by Runner New Black Music Repertory Ensemble, Dunner Albany 1200
Coleman, V (Valerie) Concerto for Wind Quintet Imani Wind Quintet Koch 7599
Trad. spiritual/Coleman Lift Every Voice and Sing Imani Wind Quintet Imani 6227
Kinosian, Mary Lee Taylor The American Story: Genesis, Cry in the Wilderness, Muddy Waters Reel, Consequences, Synthesis Upton Trio (Kinosian, Vukajlovic, Shepherd) Albany 1151
Still, William Grant Symphony No. 1, "Afro-American" (1930) Chicago Sinfonietta, Freeman Cedille 90000 055