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Episode 41 – Will Liverman / Dreams of a New Day

On this episode of Classical Chicago, Cedille President Jim Ginsburg joins Chicago baritone Will Liverman in conversation about his upcoming album Dreams of a New Day — Songs by Black Composers.

Dreams of a New Day is Liverman’s debut album as a featured performer on Cedille. Listen to learn how he sought to showcase the tradition of African American art song and the story behind his commission of a world premiere from Chicago composer Shawn E. Okpebholo.

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