Classical California Ultimate Playlist: Selections from our Open Ears Series


Maria Luisa Anido | Photo by La Nacion

Voting is open to the Classic ultimate playlist from California, and knowing that our Open Ears blog series is one of our most popular features, KUSC Art Producer Jeffrey Freymann put together this playlist to inspire your voting. If you think any of these tracks should be on the Classical California Ultimate Playlist, click here to vote or let us know in the comments below.

Eva Jessye: Bles ‘My Soul An’ Gone

Traditional spiritual edited and arranged by Eva Jessye, who was a teacher, singer and celebrated choir director for decades. She led the “Dixie Jubilee Singers” – later renamed in her honor – the chorus in the first production of Gershwins Porgy and bess.

Julius Eastman: Hold on

Lincoln Center and members of the “activist orchestra” called The Dream Unfinished released this performance of a work by Julius Eastman, a gay black American who pushed boundaries and incorporated elements of dance and theater into his work.

Undine Smith Moore: Scenes from the Life of a Martyr

Introductory narration and two movements from the oratorio composed by Undine Smith Moore in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote. Here it is conducted by Joseph Young, now music director of the Berkeley Symphony.

María Luisa Anido: El Misachico

A work by Argentine composer and virtuoso guitarist María Luisa Anido, known as “The Lady of the Guitar”, named after a religious procession honoring saints.

Margaret Bonds: Little David

Spiritually arranged by pianist, composer and teacher Margaret Bonds. At the age of 22 she appeared as the first black soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and later was one of Ned Rorem’s first piano teachers. Known for her tune Troubled Water, a piano work based on the spiritual Wade in the Water.

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Jeffrey Freyman

Jeffrey is an art producer for KUSC and our sister station Classical KDFC in San Francisco.