Juneteenth Special | Show 401
From the Top Alum and three-time Grammy® Award-winning artist Kevin Olusola joins fellow alums Clifton Williams and Hannah White for a stirring performance of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” arranged by Matt Jones.
From the Top is commemorating Juneteenth this year with a special episode celebrating young Black classical musicians! Featuring special guest host Kevin Olusola, we meet outstanding young black musicians performing works by black composers, including music by William Grant Still, Sam Cooke, Florence Price, and a new work by a young composer. These excellent young players discuss what Juneteenth means to them and the black experience in classical music.
- Host: Peter Dugan
Peter Dugan's position is sponsored by Susan and Gerald Slavet.
- Guest Host/Artist: Kevin Olusola
Kevin Olusola is a multifaceted artist and member of the Three-Time Grammy Award winning pop group Pentatonix.
Performers & Repertoire
- The Davidson Chorale, directed by Phillip Streetman, with 18-year-old soloist Zanaiah Billups and 19-year-old Sierra HallThere is a Balm in Gilead (Traditional), arranged by Moses Hogan
- Clarinet Quintet in F Sharp Minor, Op. 10, Mvmt 2: Larghetto affetuoso by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 - 1912) with Aidan Krieger, 17, violin from Southfield, MI; Valerie Xu-Friedman, 17, violin from Williamsville, NY; Emma Boyd , 17, viola from Madison, AL; and Gabriel Hennebury, 17, cello from Ann Arbor, MI, all students at Interlochen Arts Academy
- Excerpts from "The Dimensions" by Ebun Oguntola, performed by: Peter Dugan, piano; Charles Yang, violin; Doori Na, violin
- “A Child is Born” by Thad Jones
- Adoration by Florence Price (1887 - 1953) with pianist Jeremy Lenk
- A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke (1931 - 1964), arranged by Matt Jones
- Monday, June 14, 2021
- Monday, June 13, 2022
- Monday, June 12, 2023
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Ebun Oguntola’s appearance on From the Top is supported the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.