The American Sound

Saturdays at 6pm and Tuesdays at 7pm

The American Sound showcases a variety of the most beautiful, inspiring classical music with an American accent.

Each week we’ll explore masterworks by great American composers past and present like Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber, and contemporaries Eric Whitacre, Michael Daugherty and John Adams.

Plus, we’ll go back to our American roots with George Gershwin’s jazz-inspired music, performances by America’s bluegrass greats and more. Think Bernstein with the Boston Symphony or Bach on a banjo!

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All this month, during Women’s History Month, The American Sound will feature performances by noted American women conductors, and online stories showcasing the conductors’ careers and accomplishments. Tune in Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Classical 101, and follow this blog as the series unfolds.

Sarah Hicks
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All this month, during Women’s History Month, The American Sound will feature performances by noted American women conductors, and online stories showcasing the conductors’ careers and accomplishments. Tune in Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Classical 101, and follow this blog as the series unfolds.

When in 2009, conductor Sarah Hicks took over for the retiring Doc Severinsen as principal conductor for pops and presentations with the Minnesota Orchestra, even she said Severinsen could not have had a more different successor. So she’s not surprised that the Minnesota audience might have taken a little while to adjust to her.

Joann Falletta leads the London Symphony Orchestra
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All this month, during Women’s History Month, The American Sound will feature performances by noted American women conductors, and online stories showcasing the conductors’ careers and accomplishments. Tune in Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Classical 101, and follow this blog as the series unfolds.

William Eddins is conducting the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
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  He’s gregarious and gifted, a commanding pianist and a conductor captivated by classical music’s “bad boys.”

This week The American Sound spotlights William Eddins, the famously ebullient music director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, in Part Two of our four-part series celebrating the work of noted African American conductors during Black History Month. Tune in to Classical 101 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Tuesday to hear Eddins conduct music by Virgil Thomson.

William Eddins conducting
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Like many professions, orchestral conducting was once exclusively the domain of white men. But that trend has changed, as the live and recorded performances of a growing number of conductors of color continue to enrich the classical music world.

Each week during February, The American Sound will celebrate Black History Month by showcasing dazzling performances by noted African American conductors.