Classical 91.5 brings listeners a new weekly radio series that reveals American classic song – poetry set to music by American composers – as a vibrant diary of the American experience. Song of America airs Sundays at 2 p.m. beginning October 7 on Classical 91.5/FM-HD 91.5-1. Each hour-long program focuses on a particular topic that sheds light on a larger theme in American history, and includes approximately 40 minutes of songs drawn from archival and modern recordings, plus stories and insights from host Thomas Hampson about the people and events that inspired those songs. Several programs also feature interviews with experts from related fields.
- 10/7 Song of Walt Whitman Whitman, the "Bard of Democracy," was the founder of a new American language. With music built deep into his poetry, it's no surprise that Whitman has been a beacon for American composers.
- 10/14 Many Are the Voices Many Americans have had to raise their voices to be recognized or even heard in America. In this program, we hear songs of African Americans and Native Americans; women, immigrants, and war resisters; and voices from the labor movement and the gay rights movement.
- 10/21 War Cries Throughout our history, America has gone to war with bravado and with anguish. Songs have helped shape those emotions, and express them-inspiring us to battle, sustaining our courage, giving us a way to lament our losses.
- 10/28 Ives the Chronicler Charles Ives was unprecedented at suiting his musical style to the story he wanted to tell, and he created dozens of surprising "snapshots in song" of what it was like to be alive in America during his lifetime.