17 episodes

Unorchestrated is the Akron Symphony Orchestra's long-form podcast series, exploring a variety of topics with a special focus on the music and stories of under-represented musicians and composers.

The podcast is co-hosted by Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Director of Marketing Thomas Moore.

Unorchestrated Akron Symphony Orchestra

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Unorchestrated is the Akron Symphony Orchestra's long-form podcast series, exploring a variety of topics with a special focus on the music and stories of under-represented musicians and composers.

The podcast is co-hosted by Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Director of Marketing Thomas Moore.

    Old Time Religion - The Spirituals Meet the Symphony

    Old Time Religion - The Spirituals Meet the Symphony

    In the third episode of Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals, Jonathon Turner, the ASO’s Gospel Meets Symphony Choirmaster, and Brenda Justice, Coordinator of Choral Programs, join co-hosts Christopher and Tom for a listening session.
    The episode includes the following recordings from the orchestra’s Classics series, Gospel Meets Symphony, and a world premiere from the ASO’s 2020–21 Interlude season:
    Morton Gould Gospel Train; Old Time Religion
    (November 18, 2016)
    William Grant Still Jesus is a Rock; What a Morning 
    (April, 2021)
    William Dawson Soon Ah Will Be Done 
    (February 8, 2020)
    Margaret Bonds He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand 
    (February 15, 2014)
    Brenda Justice, Angeleina Valentine, sopranos

    • 22 min
    Get on Board- The Great Early Performers

    Get on Board- The Great Early Performers

    In the second episode of Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals, Jonathon Turner, the ASO’s Gospel Meets Symphony Choirmaster, and Brenda Justice, Coordinator of Choral Programs, join co-hosts Christopher and Tom to discuss influential performers of the spirituals as they were first becoming known to the general public. Especially noteworthy is Harry T. Burleigh’s influence on Dvořák, including his significant musical contribution to the New World Symphony.
    The episode opens with an excerpt from Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel, arranged by Lawrence Brown, performed by Alvy Powell. At the conclusion, Roland Hayes is heard in a performance of Go Down, Moses from 1922, and Marian Anderson is heard in an excerpt from her historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday 1939. She performs Gospel Train, arranged by Harry T. Burleigh.

    • 21 min
    Crossing to Freedom: The Spirituals Emerge

    Crossing to Freedom: The Spirituals Emerge

    Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals—a multi-episode series—debuts on the Akron Symphony's Unorchestrated podcast with Crossing to Freedom: The Spirituals Emerge. 
    Jonathon Turner, the ASO's Gospel Meets Symphony Choirmaster, and Brenda Justice, Coordinator of Choral Programs, join co-hosts Christopher and Tom to discuss the importance of the Negro Spiritual in American history, with a focus on the seminal contributions of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
    The episode opens with an excerpt from Elijah Rock, arranged by Moses Hogan, performed by the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir in 2019, and closes with a performance of Harry T. Burleigh’s iconic arrangement of Deep River, performed by Jonathon Turner. 

    • 31 min
    How Does a Shadow Shine?

    How Does a Shadow Shine?

    In Episode 14 of Unorchestrated, Christopher and Tom conclude their conversation with Rita Dove, discussing her research into the life of George Bridgetower and the poetry she wrote about him. As in every episode, Rita reads from her book, Sonata Mulattica. We also welcome special guest, violinist Dr. Nicole Cherry, to discuss her Forge with George project, a commissioning project bringing long-overdue attention to historically significant Black artists.
    This is the final episode in our 14-part series, Sonata Mulattica with Rita Dove.
    The episode closes with Jubilee, composed in 1809 by George Bridgetower in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the reign of King George III, performed by six of the Akron Symphony’s principal musicians.
    Rita Dove is a Pulitzer Prize winner, former U.S. Poet Laureate, and the only poet ever honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. An Akron native, she is currently Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
    Dr. Nicole Cherry is 2nd violinist of the Marian Anderson String Quartet, and Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
    Performance materials of Jubilee were made available through the kindness and generosity of Dr. Nicole Cherry. For information on her Forge with George project, dedicated to restoring the legacy of great artists of color like George Bridgetower who have been dismissed from our history books, please visit: https://nicolecherryviolin.com/.
    George Bridgetower Photo © The British Museum

    • 43 min
    Haydn's Skull

    Haydn's Skull

    In Episode 13 of Unorchestrated, Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about one of the most bizarre chapters in musical history, in an episode titled Haydn’s Skull, with readings from her book, Sonata Mulattica.
    This is the 13th episode in our 14-part series, Sonata Mulattica with Rita Dove.
    The episode closes with “Chaos” from Haydn’s The Creation, performed by the Akron Symphony on April 19, 2008.
    Rita Dove is a Pulitzer Prize winner, former U.S. Poet Laureate, and the only poet ever honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. An Akron native, she is currently Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

    • 21 min
    Arco - It is a Human Cry

    Arco - It is a Human Cry

    In Episode 12 of Unorchestrated, Christopher and Tom speak with poet Rita Dove about the relationship between poetry and music in her work generally, and how Beethoven’s music shaped one particular poem in her book, Sonata Mulattica.
    This is the 12th episode in our 14-part series, Sonata Mulattica with Rita Dove.
    The episode closes with a performance of the final two movements of the “Kreutzer” sonata by ASO Concertmaster Tallie Brunfelt and pianist Nathaniel LaNasa. 
    Rita Dove is a Pulitzer Prize winner, former U.S. Poet Laureate, and the only poet ever honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. An Akron native, she is currently Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

    • 48 min

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