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Throughout the year Classical 91.5 will present a number of special programs or mini-series that are not a part of our regular broadcast schedule. Come back to this page on a regular basis to find out about these special programs.

SPECIAL: The Sound of 13 returns with 13 new episodes, weekdays @ 3pm, 6/20-7/6


Garrett McQueen returns with a musical history and contemporary conversation of race with classical music and the 13th amendment as the guide.

6/20 "Negro Melodies" - A revisit to post-reconstruction era America and the hopes cultivated during this time through music by Dvorak, Burleigh, and more.

6/21 "Take Me to Church" - An acknowledgement of the unique role of the Black church over the course of the 20th century and beyond with performances by Chicago's Rize Orchestra, the American Spiritual Ensemble, and others.

6/22 "A Musical Founding Father" - The life and times of Duke Ellington, featuring his orchestral suite, "Three Black Kings" and other works that blend "classical" and jazz.


6/23 "Engaging the Canon" - Traditional works from western Europe as performed by Stewart Goodyear, the Kanneh Mason family, and more.

6/24 "Women of the Movement" - A celebration of Black women in western classical music, featuring the newly-recorded "Montgomery Variations" by Margaret Bonds and the Grammy-winning recording of Florence Price's Symphony No. 3.

6/27 "The Movies" - A look at Black achievement in film and film music featuring works by Quincy Jones, Michael Abels, and Terrence Blanchard.

6/28 "The Last American City" - Music and stories centered around New Orleans, including Gottschalk's Symphony No. 1 and the violin concerto of José White Lafitte.

6/29 "Black Futurism and Imagination" - A collection of 21st century works by Ozie Cargile, Jessie Montgomery, and more.

6/30 "The Motherland" - A celebration of music that highlights the sights and sounds of Africa, featuring a performance by the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble and William Grant Still's "Ennanga".

7/1 "Classical Activism" - Stories and music that shine a light on the work of Nina Simone, Paul Robeson, and Robert Shaw.

7/4 "A Big Seed in the Big Apple" - An exploration of the Harlem Renaissance's impact on western classical music, featuring performances by the Harlem Boys' Choir, the Harlem Quartet, and a recording of James Johnson's "Harlem Symphony".

7/5 "Looking Westward" - Musical works that offer a perspective on Black achievement west of the Mississippi, featuring selections from William Grant Still's "The American Scene".

7/6 "Building Community and Coming Together" - A celebration of music and performances that highlight cross-community collaboration and intersectional perspectives, featuring a performance by Sphinx Virtuosi alongside works by Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Ludovic Lamothe, and more.