Release Date: March 29,2021

Akron Symphony Orchestra Debuts New Podcast Series: Deep River - The Legacy of the Spirituals

March 29, 2021, Akron, Ohio — The Akron Symphony Orchestra’s Unorchestrated podcast has debuted its next multi-episode series entitled Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals.

In the first episode in the series - Freedom: The Spirituals Emerge - Jonathon Turner, the ASO’s Gospel Meets Symphony Choirmaster, and Brenda Justice, Coordinator of Choral Programs, join co-hosts Christopher Wilkins, ASO Music Director, and Thomas Moore, Director of Marketing, to discuss the importance of the Negro Spiritual in American history, with a focus on the seminal contributions of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

The episode opens with an excerpt from Elijah Rock, arranged by Moses Hogan, performed by the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir in 2019, and closes with a performance of Harry T. Burleigh’s iconic arrangement of Deep River, performed by Jonathon Turner. 

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Upcoming episodes will feature interviews with Jennifer Jones, who served as GMS Choirmaster for 10 years; Dr. Raymond Wise, Director of the African American Choral Ensemble and Associate Director of the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University, and more!

Unorchestrated is the Akron Symphony Orchestra’s long-form podcast series, exploring a variety of topics with a special focus on the music and stories of under-represented musicians and composers. Previous episodes can be found on the Akron Symphony Orchestra website.