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

  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 14
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Dvorak falls in love with "Negro melodies" on his trip to America.

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


  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 14

  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 14

  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Jan 28, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 14

  • Added: Jan 28, 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
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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: 14

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

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

  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: :31
  • Purchases: 5
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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 KUGS Bellingham, Wash., Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 7
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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 KUGS Bellingham, Wash., Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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 KUGS Bellingham, Wash., Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 7
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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 KUGS Bellingham, Wash., Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 7
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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 KUGS Bellingham, Wash., Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 6
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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 KUGS Bellingham, Wash., WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 5