Lenny Kravitz on Black and White America

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Today on the show: Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz discusses racism in the Obama era, addressed in the title track of his latest album, “Black and White America." And: a baroque opera collective brings us their take on the most popular opera of the 17th century.

This is an encore edition of Soundcheck.


In Discussion: Lenny Kravitz

Early in his career, musician Lenny Kravitz sang about curbside discrimination in New York on the song “Mr. Cab Driver.” He joins us to explain how racism in the Obama era inspired the title track of his latest album, Black and White America. Plus, he talks about his role in the upcoming screen adaptation of the young-adult sci-fi novel The Hunger Games.

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In Studio: Opera Omnia

They may have been scrappy, low-budget and just starting out - but baroque opera company Opera Omnia sold out their 2008 Le Poisson Rouge performances of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. The company returned to the stage in September 2011 with their take on the most-performed opera of the 17th century, Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone. We'll learn about the company's use of authentic baroque instrumentation alongside modern English translations. Plus, we'll hear a performance.


Gig Alert: Real Estate

Jersey indie rockers Real Estate perform with Girls and King Krule at Terminal 5 on Saturday. Download the outfit's catchy love song "It's Real."

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