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Spotlight on Sowerby
May 1, 2020 marks the 125th birthday anniversary of the great American composer Leo Sowerby (1895–1968) who based most of his life and career in Chicago. We celebrate with a playlist of his music along with works by three of his most prominent students: Ned Rorem, William Ferris, and Florence Price.
Anthony McGill, New York Philharmonic principal clarinet and 2020 Avery Fisher Prize winner, and the multiple Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet present an album illuminating experiences that have shaped America through works by Richard Danielpour, James Lee III, Ben Shirley (all three world-premiere recordings), and Valerie Coleman. McGill describes it as a project driven by the desire to “expand the capacity for art and music to change the world.”
Our final featured playlist for 2022 spotlights the albums shown on Cedille’s Holiday Gift Recommendations page, including holiday-themed CDs, recent releases, perennial favorites, Grammy winners, and other great choices. Albums are presented in the order in which they appear on the webpage.