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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 3, 2020

In Episode 5 of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about violinist George Bridgetower’s early life in London as a child prodigy, with readings from her book, Sonata Mulattica

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

The episode closes with a brilliant performance of Paganini’s Duo for One Violin by ASO guest artist Feng Ning. 

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)