3 episodes

Created by violinist Sophia Stoyanovich and pianist Derek Wang, American Stories examines and celebrates American identity through music in performance, illuminated by personal histories and reflections from featured guests of all walks of life. By giving voice to stories through conversation and music, we hope to inspire our listeners to consider the human spirit that binds our national community together.

American Stories Sophia Stoyanovich, Derek Wang

    • Music
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Created by violinist Sophia Stoyanovich and pianist Derek Wang, American Stories examines and celebrates American identity through music in performance, illuminated by personal histories and reflections from featured guests of all walks of life. By giving voice to stories through conversation and music, we hope to inspire our listeners to consider the human spirit that binds our national community together.

    Road Movies

    Road Movies

    Sophia and Derek take you for a spin with music by John Adams and stories from the driver's seat, featuring guests Ry Shorosky and Nathan Swartz. Buckle up!

    • 48 min
    Peace Piece

    Peace Piece

    A meditation on the role of art in envisioning and enacting peace in our communities, featuring composer Jessie Montgomery and poets Keno Evol and Lester Batiste, who introduce their Minneapolis-based organization BlackTableArts. Our musical performances trace the struggle for peace throughout our country's history, from a stirring arrangement of a spiritual to a new work written during the pandemic.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Mother and Child

    Mother and Child

    Honoring both Mother's Day and International Nurses Day this week, our first episode is a tribute to moms on the front lines of COVID-19. Featuring the stories of two New York City health care workers and moms, plus "Mother and Child" by William Grant Still, performed remotely from our homes across the country.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

L@dyH ,

Captivating!

The music, the stories are captivating. I love this combination! It is presented beautifully! Please! Record more!

ulkar_agha ,

Here’s to more podcasts like this!

It is a delight to see Derek share not only his brilliant musical performance but also his superb gift as a communicator and a storyteller! What a wonderful collaboration between such accomplished musicians.

Impeccable is the word that came to my mind when I first listened to Derek’s performance in 2019, and such is every project he dedicates himself to. Works like this add beauty to the world, and here’s to more of them in the future!

Isabel.Anderi ,

Impeccable

A beautifully presented, carefully curated collection of stories relevant to all Americans, punctuated by the lush musical performances of Derek and Sophia. Both soothing and insightful, American Stories is a treasure: an oasis in the midst of media overwhelm.

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