A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS
An uplifting Christmas special celebrating Black classical music and choral traditions.
Julie Amacher and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu host this uplifting Christmas special that features Black music and composers. Including choral music, gospel, spiritual and jazz-inspired styles, this special celebrates and explores non-idiomatic Black classical music and choral traditions.
Julie Amacher: Julie Amacher's desire to introduce others to great music is what led her to radio. She began her professional broadcast career at a station in Sun Prairie, Wis. She went from rock 'n' roll to the Rocky Mountains, where she found her niche in public radio at KUNC in Greeley, Colo. Julie spent 13 years at KUNC, where she managed the announcers and their eclectic music format. During that time, she earned four national awards for best announcer. She joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1997 as an on-air host and also produces New Classical Tracks, a weekly podcast critiquing a new release each week.
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu has been sharing the transformative art of vocal music for more than a decade. He is a choral director, composer, educator and performer from Memphis, Tennessee. Wondemagegnehu has conducted, given masterclasses, workshops and clinics nationally and internationally. He served as the assistant artistic director of Minneapolis-based VocalEssence and the director of choral ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church, also in Minneapolis, Minn. In 2017, Wondemagegnehu co-founded the Justice Choir movement, which endeavors to help bridge the gap of social injustice through music, dialogue, and community activism. Currently, he is the conductor of the Viking Chorus and the Chapel Choir at St. Olaf College and his compositions are performed by regional choirs and all-states throughout the country.
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Preview audio available: November 19, 2020
Playlist Available: December 3, 2020
Promo spot available: December 3, 2020
Program rundown available: December 3, 2020
Date content will be uploaded: December 3, 2020
December 3, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before January 1, 2021. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.
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