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Unorchestrated is a podcast of Conversation, Music, Musicians and the Communities they serve produced by the Akron Symphony Orchestra. The podcast is co-hosted by Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Director of Marketing Thomas Moore.

Jul 23, 2021

In the fourth episode of Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals, Jonathon Turner, the ASO’s Gospel Meets Symphony Choirmaster, and Brenda Justice, Coordinator of Choral Programs, join co-hosts Christopher and Tom to discuss Nathaniel Dett, a composer, choir leader, pianist, teacher, poet, writer, and seminal figure in bringing spirituals to a classical setting.

The episode concludes with a performance of Dett’s The Chariot Jubilee by the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony Chorus and tenor Kennedy Jones from November 18, 2016.

(Photo by R. Nathaniel Dett Collection - Sibley Music Library - Eastman School of Music)