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Sunday, January 3, 2010  |  Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church  |  Presented by Boston Children's Chorus

About

Recorded at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, this special edition of From the Top celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The fantastic Boston Children’s Chorus performs a variety of inspirational pieces, a teenage quartet perform the music of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and a talented 17-year-old flutist performs “Summerland” by William Grant Still.

Performers and Repertoire:

The Boston Children’s Chorus (65 members comprising the Premier Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble) performs “MLK” by U2, arranged by Bob Chilcott, and traditional spiritual “O’ Freedom,” arranged by Hall Johnson. Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director.

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra String Quartet (violinist Charlotte Malin, 17, from Westwood, MA; violinist Kendra Lenz, 18, from Boston, MA; violist Alexandra Morgan-Welch, 17, from Andover, MA; and cellist Sasha Scolnik-Brower, 15, from Andover, MA) performs III. Allegro vivace from Quartet No. 1 (“Calvary”) by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

The Boston Children’s Chorus performs “Kasar mie la gaji” (The Earth is Tired) by Alberto Grau

Flutist Chaz Salazar, 17 from Phoenix, AZ, performs “Summerland” by William Grant Still

The Boston Children’s Chorus performs “Lean on Me” by Kirk Franklin, arranged by Andre Williams

This broadcast also includes audio postcards featuring outstanding community music programs including:

Community MusicWorks, Providence, Rhode Island
Kipp Academy Charter School, Bronx, New York
Chickasaw Composition Project, Oklahoma
Young Musicians Program, Berkeley, California

Performers & Repertoire

  • III. Allegro vivace from Quartet No. 1 (“Calvary”) by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
  • “MLK” by U2, arranged by Bob Chilcott, traditional spiritual “O’ Freedom,” arranged by Hall Johnson, “Lean on Me” by Kirk Franklin, arranged by Andre Williams, and “Kasar mie la gaji” (The Earth is Tired) by Alberto Grau
  • "Summerland" by William Grant Still

Release Dates

  • Monday, January 11, 2016
  • Monday, January 13, 2014
  • Monday, January 10, 2011
  • Monday, January 11, 2010

Release date is when this show is released to NPR stations, here on our website, and to our podcast. Shows are released on a weekly basis; please check your local NPR station listing for the actual airtime in your market. If you'd like, you can visit NPR's "Find Stations" page to look for your station.

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