Mary Day is the guest but the topic is "The Voice of the Century" Marian Anderson
We'll have an encore broadcast from last March on Opus this time, as Gretchen visits with Mary Day about Marian Anderson. Anderson's contralto was one of the greatest voices of the 20th Century and she used that same voice as a leader in the civil rights movement.
George Boykin is the guest on Opus today. George talks about growing up in Sioux City in a time of segregation and his time with the Sanford Community Center and the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors. He also talks about the struggle facing many musicians of color during the mid 20th century.
Richard Gammon travels from his home base in New York City to take Henry Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas give it a modern spin and produce it at Morningside's Klinger-Neal Theatre. Morningside's Suzanne Hedrix-Case is assisting and together they fill Gretchen in on how the production is going.
A Preview of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's Church Windows program on this edition of Opus. Gretchen talks with SCSO Composer of the Year Patrick O'Malley. The Orchestra will present a World Premiere of his work. Maestro Ryan Haskins will also lead them through music of Debussy, Hovhaness and Respighi.
He was just 23 years old when, in 1957, he won the MVP award. I was in third grade, and hard as it might be to believe, I don't think I thought of him as Black. He'd come up from the Negro league in fact, the very last player to arrive in the Bigs, at a time when African-Americans were just beginning to get a place in major league baseball dugouts.
Seems to me that Billy Bruton played next to him in centerfield, so he wasn't the only African-American on the roster. But he was early. Those old pics of that 1957 team--World Champ Milwaukee Braves!--have four or five others.