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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.

Dec 9, 2020

In Episode 7 of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about the diverse music scene in early 19th century London, with a reading of “Janissary Rap” from her book, Sonata Mulattica. 

This is the seventh episode in our 14-part series, Sonata Mulattica with Rita Dove.

The episode closes with a performance of Mozart’s Turkish Rondo, transcribed for organ by ASO keyboardist Bob Mollard and arranger David Kempers.

Rita Dove is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, and the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. An Akron native, she is currently Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

(Photo of Rita Dove by Fred Viebahn)