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I Am America

Season 1 Episode 106 | 26m 46s

Baritone Jadrian Tarver, with pianist Sadie Rucker, uses his voice to command an equal place in America for all people of color, with music by Margaret Bonds and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Saxophonist Joe Lulloff and pianist Yu-Lien The perform movements from Dorothy Chang’s “New Stories,” celebrating the diverse influences of the composer who provides insight into her unique American experience.

Aired: 06/11/22 | Expires: 06/12/24
Supported in part by
MSU Federal Credit Union
Michigan State University Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Advisor  Talitha Wimberly helps students find common ground through music.
Educator Richard Desinord breaks down boundaries to find educational equality for music.
Educator Marcie Ray sows the seeds of strong community through hard conversations.
Three performances of jazz and art song address oppression yet end the season with hope.
Composers play their moving electronic and jazz pieces inspired by love and humanity.
Three varied and impactful songs inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A piano evokes Hawaii’s traumatic past and jazz reminds of a difficult era in Detroit.
Two distinct voices share stories and performances using music to fight for justice.
Violin and jazz bass performances anchor stories of finding one’s own place in society.
Coming spring 2022 on WKAR TV in mid-Michigan