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Songs for Social Justice

Premiering December 11, 2023

Renaissance lute songs, African American Spirituals, and traditional Lebanese melodies become vehicles for storytelling as Michael Walker (countertenor) and Haitham Haidar (tenor) explore themes of identity and representation, struggle and resilience, and community and belonging.
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Dec. 11: Songs for Social Justice
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About the Episode

Renaissance lute songs, African American Spirituals, and traditional Lebanese melodies become vehicles for storytelling as Michael Walker (countertenor) and Haitham Haidar (tenor) explore themes of identity and representation, struggle and resilience, and community and belonging.

Episode Credits

Debra Nagy, host & executive producer
Shelby Yamin, associate producer
Hannah De Priest, special projects manager

Episode Guests

Haitham Haidar

Guest, tenor

Michael Walker

Guest, countertenor

Resources

Resources will be added closer to the premiere date of the episode!

Sponsors

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Music

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
“Nigra sum sed formosa” from the Vespers of 1610

John Dowland (c. 1563-1626)
“In darkness let me dwell”

John Danyel (1564-1626)
“Griefe, keepe within”

William Byrd (1543-1623)
“Why do I use my paper, pen, and ink?”

Fairuz (b. 1935)
“Nassam alayna el hawa”

Traditional spiritual, arr. Harry Burleigh (1866-1949)
“Sometimes I feel like a motherless chile”

Traditional spiritual, arr. Roland Hayes (1887-1977)
“He never said a mumblin’ word”