Podcast: Dear Mrs. Parks

Composer Hannibal Lokumbe wrote his piece Dear Mrs. Parks as a series of imaginary letters to civil rights activist Rosa Parks – all set for orchestra, chorus and soloists. In this podcast interview, he talks about the piece, and his hopes for the message it carries to the world. The music in this podcast comes from the world premiere recording of Dear Mrs. Parks, taken from live performances in March 2009 featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Rackham Symphony Choir, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, plus soloists Janice Chandler-Eteme, Jevetta Steele, Kevin Deas and Taylor Gardner, all conducted by Thomas Wilkins.

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Catalogue No.: Naxos 8.559668

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