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My Old Kentucky Home: A Song with a Checkered Past

Friday, May 02, 2014

“My Old Kentucky Home” has a secret: its racist words were deleted to clean up the song for modern standards. But in writing about “darkies,” 19th-century songwriter Stephen Foster was actually sympathetic to the plight of slaves, and the song carried an abolitionist message.

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Spinning on Air

Nora York: Power/Play

Sunday, March 04, 2012

 

"Power/Play" is a musical kaleidoscope of culture and politics; a powerful and playful collage of references and insights; a revealing re-mix of the familiar and the new. New York-based composer and singer Nora York began work on "Power/Play" soon after Congress passed the bipartisan resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force in 2002. With verses from Bob Dylan’s 1963 song "Masters of War" as its centerpiece and leitmotif, "Power/Play" deconstructs and re-imagines established musical masterworks by John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Foster and many others, adds in songs by York herself, and weaves it all into a compelling narrative about Americans at war and work. 
David Garland presents an hour of highlights from "Power/Play," radio being a very effective medium for York's art. Coming up on Friday, March 9th, Nora York and her ensemble will perform the complete "Power/Play" in a free concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Cafe.

 

With verses from Bob Dylan’s 1963 song "Masters of War" as its centerpiece and leitmotif, Nora York's "Power/Play" deconstructs and re-imagines established musical masterworks by John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Foster and many others, adds in songs by York herself, and weaves it all into a compelling narrative about Americans at war and work. David Garland presents an hour of highlights from "Power/Play." Nora York will perform the complete "Power/Play" in a free concert at BAM Cafe, Friday, March 9th.

 

 

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WQXR Features

Stephen Collins Foster: America's Bard

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Get your Foster fix in our one-hour special devoted to the American songsmith on July 4 at 6 pm. Included are many of his classic songs, including Oh, Susannah, Beautiful Dreamer and Old Folks at Home.

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WQXR Blog

Stephen Collins Foster: America's Bard

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Stephen Foster was a Yankee Doodle Dandy, born on the Fourth of July. In celebration of his birth, Naomi Lewin created an hour-long program of his music.

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