Airs Friday, February 14 at 11 p.m. Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians. Hosted by Terrance McKnight, WQXR host and former Morehouse professor of music, I, Too, Sing America will dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals and librettos that flowed from Hughes’ pen. As he did with his poetry, Hughes used music to denounce war, combat segregation and restore human dignity in the face of Jim Crow. His musical adventures included writing lyrics for stage pieces such as Black Nativity and Tambourines to Glory, works that helped give birth to the genre of Gospel Play, as well as songs for radio plays and political campaigns, and the libretto for Kurt Weill’s Street Songs.
The results are in and we have the winners of the 2013 Young Artists Competition. We will present them to you this Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. at the LSU Shreveport University Center Theater.
This year's winners are: Erik Eklund, age 15 from Ruston Kelsi Cox, age 17 from Shreveport Neil Nathan, age 15 from Shreveport Sean Nathan, age 18 from Shreveport Venkatesh Sivaraman, age 14 from Shreveport Twila Gaston, age 18 from Baton Rouge
Works to be performed include Jeux d'eau by Ravel; Movement No. 1 from the Horn Concerto No. 1 by R. Strauss; Movement No. 1 from the Cello Concerto in G minor by Kabalevsky; the Gypsy Aires by Sarasate; the Rhapsodie in G minor by Brahms; and the song "A New Life" from Jekyll and Hyde.
The concert is free and open to all. Come share in their music and support these young artists. The concert will be recorded and broadcast at a later time.
Airs Friday, January 11 at 9 pm. On the next edition of The Caravan we’ll hear something new from Craig Finn, something old from Erica Wheeler, and something blue from Taj Mahal. Then we’ll turn South with music from Nick Anis, Inkuyo, and Erin Corday. During our live set we’ll feature a session with Michael Garvin, a Shreveport native who’s returned home after many years in Nashville as a writer and producer. Michael has over 80 chart hits to his credit, with 30 in the Top 10, and 18 No. 1 hits, including George Benson’s “Never Give Up On A Good Thing” and “Waiting For Tonight,” which Jennifer Lopez took to the top. He’ll talk with Bill Beckett about his Louisiana roots, his Nashville career and touring, and the new directions he is taking with his music composition. Join us Friday night at 9 pm for The Caravan on Red River Radio.