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Lara Downes discusses 'America Again' album with Kansas Public Radio

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Pianist Lara Downes releases a new solo album, America Again, on Sono Luminus. The album's title is taken from Langston Hughes' poem, Let America Be America Again, written in 1938. America Again features twenty pieces selected by Downes that explore the elusive but essential American dream, written by composers including Duke Ellington, Lou Harrison, Morton Gould, Amy Beach, George Gershwin, Angélica Negrón, Dan Visconti, Leonard Bernstein, Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, Florence Price, Aaron Copland, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and more.

Kansas Public Radio's Michael Keelan talks with Downes about the album oand of American composers spanning over the past 100 years, ranging from folk song arrangements to Duke Ellington. She speaks about playing for school audiences, and winning the Sphinx Medal for artists of color. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW