The Sound of 13

Series produced by KVNO

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Host Garrett McQueen opens an historical and contemporary conversation of race in a 13-week classical music series with the 13th amendment as the guide.

If you’re looking for a classical music program that addresses the racial injustice in our society through the lens of classical music, look no further. In “The Sound of 13,” host Garrett McQueen opens an historical and contemporary conversation of race with classical music and the 13th amendment as the guide.
Garrett is a professional bassoonist who has performed with symphonies and in venues across the country. He is also an accomplished instructor and has performed in multiple Broadway Musicals and television series. Garrett is a strong advocate for the diversification of classical music and the advancement of Black musicians in the field.


25 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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"A Big Seed in the Big Apple" - An exploration of the Harlem Renaissance's impact on western classical music, featuring performances by the Harlem ...

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Texas Public Radio, WXXI Rochester, and Louisville Public Media


  • Added: Jun 08, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 4
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"Classical Activism" - Stories and music that shine a light on the work of Nina Simone, Paul Robeson, and Robert Shaw.

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:04
  • Purchases: 4
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"The Motherland" - A celebration of music that highlights the sights and sounds of Africa, featuring a performance by the Buskaid Soweto String Ens...

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:03
  • Purchases: 4
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"Black Futurism and Imagination" - A collection of 21st century works by Ozie Cargile, Jessie Montgomery, and more.

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 4
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"Building America" - Music and stories that center the impact of Black diversity in early America, including Gottschalk's Symphony No. 1 and the vi...

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 4
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"The Movies" - A look at Black achievement in film and film music featuring works by Quincy Jones, Michael Abels, and Terrence Blanchard.

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 4
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"Women of the Movement" - A celebration of Black women in western classical music, featuring the newly-recorded "Montgomery Variations" by Margaret...

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 5
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"Engaging the Canon" - Traditional works from western Europe as performed by Stewart Goodyear, the Kanneh Mason family, and more.

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 6
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"A Musical Founding Father" - The life and times of Duke Ellington, featuring his orchestral suite, "Three Black Kings" and other works that blend ...

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 6
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"Take Me to Church" - An acknowledgement of the unique role of the Black church over the course of the 20th century and beyond with performances by...

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 6
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"Negro Melodies" - A revisit to post-reconstruction era America and the hopes cultivated during this time through music by Dvorak, Burleigh, and more.

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: :31
  • Purchases: 5

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:58
  • Purchases: 15

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 14

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 14
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Paul Freeman the musician, conductor, and recording artist

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, WGTE Public Media, Northwest Public Broadcasting, WRTI and more


  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Jan 28, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 13