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Lara Downes represents a multifaceted America in new recording / San Francisco Classical Voice

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Pianist Lara Downes' newest CD, America Again [Sono Luminus], represents multifaceted America. Inspired by the 1935 Langston Hughes' poem, Let America Be America Again, 21 tracks by 19 composers from varied backgrounds celebrate a rich musical legacy. While liner notes share the 2016 Sphinx Award-winning artist's urgent response to historical and contemporary struggles over racial and economic inequality, the carefully curated selections pay tribute to patience, perseverance, and peaceful resolve. Perhaps more than anything, it is this unlikely pairing of propulsive energy and a crushing need for peace and stillness that is America. Downes, with her broad musical interests and her more-than capable hands on the keyboard, touches on America's essence.

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