Dreams of the Fallen

Airs Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. "Dreams of the Fallen: Coming Home" is a musical tribute to the men and women we honor each Veterans Day. Hosted by Steve Seel, the hourlong special's centerpiece is the short masterwork of the same title by young American composer Jake Runestad. The work sets the poetry of Iraq war veteran Brian Turner, and features pianist Jeffrey Biegel, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the VocalEssence. Runestad’s and Turner’s works combine into a deeply moving exploration of experiences familiar to many veterans: returning home from war. The rest of the hour includes music performed by or related to the armed forces that veterans once served—the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard—and features music that emerged out of numerous American conflicts, including the Civil War, world wars I and II, Iraq, and Viet Nam.