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Notorious RBG in Song on 89.7WCPE: Wake Forest

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Interview with WCPE's Jonny Pierce

Soprano Patrice Michaels and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang offer a collection of songs saluting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her completion of 25 years on the high court on Notorious RBG in Song, a new album from Cedille Records. A longtime crusader for equal rights, Ginsburg has become a pop-culture icon known to her fans as "Notorious RBG," a wry nod to the late rap artist The Notorious B.I.G.

Notorious RBG in Song features works by five contemporary American composers celebrating Justice Ginsburg's family and professional life. These include Michaels' THE LONG VIEW: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs; Lori Laitman's "Wider than the Sky"; Vivian Fung's "Pot Roast à La RBG"; Stacy Garrop's "My Dearest Ruth"; and Derrick Wang's "You Are Searching in Vain for a Bright-Line Solution." All but two of the songs - "Anita's Story," now incorporated into Michaels' song cycle, and "Wider than the Sky" - are world-premiere recordings.

89.7WCPE: Wake Forest NC, Classical Host Jonny Pierce sat down with Patrice Michaels and her husband, Justice Ginsburg's son - James Ginsburg, who also happens to be president of Cedille Records. Listen to the attached interview.