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Program 2109
Suggested Broadcast: Sunday, March 7, 2021
Lent 3
Prayer will be the focus of this edition of With Heart and Voice, as we listen to sacred choral and organ music evoking prayers of petition, repentance, thanksgiving, and longing during this season of Lent. Join Peter DuBois for this musical exploration.

Wendy Carlos is best known for her electronic music and film scores. She studied physics and music at Brown University before moving to New York City in 1962 to study music composition at Columbia University.

Lara Downes, Pianist, Arts Advocate & Broadcaster

American pianist Lara  Downes began taking piano lessons at age five, and made her debut 10 years later at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Throughout her career she has been passionately committed to seeking out and performing forgotten music by Black composers. In October 2020 NPR Music launched AMPLIFY With Lara Downes, a bi-weekly series of intimate video conversations with visionary Black musicians who are shaping the present and future of the art form.

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Violinist  

Kelly Hall-Tompkins earned a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2016 she received an Honorary Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, and also delivered the Commencement address. She is also one of three 2017 recipients of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, which was presented at the US Supreme Court by Justice Sotomayor. In addition to extensive touring in the United States and abroad with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, she appears regularly as concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra at the biennial Gateways Music Festival.


Armenta Adams Hummings Dumisani is a former Associate Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music. She received both the Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in piano at the Julliard School of Music, During her second year at Juilliard, she won the piano competition performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the Juilliard Orchestra.

Ruth Taiko Watanabe, Pianist & Music Librarian


Ruth Taiko Watanabe was a Japanese-American music librarian who ran the Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music for 38 years (1946-1984). She attended the University of Southern California, where she majored in piano, earning her B.Mus. in 1937 and an M. Mus. in musicology in 1942. Her plan to earn a Ph.D. in English was interrupted by the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. when her family was involuntarily relocated to the Santa Anita Assembly Center.

Valerie Capers, Pianist, Composer & Educator

Dr. Valerie Capers was born in the Bronx and received her early schooling at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School of Music, the first blind person to do so. For several years she served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. She was also a member of the faculty in the Department of Music and Art at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) where she introduced several jazz courses to the music curriculum. From 1987 to 1995 she served as department chair, where she is now professor emerita.

With Heart and Voice ® Program 2106

Suggested Broadcast: Sunday, February 14, 2021

Celebrate several notable February composer birthdays, as we listen to sacred choral and organ works by Felix Mendelssohn, Jehan Alain, George Frederic Handel, and Charles-Marie Widor... lots of great music on With Heart and Voice!


With Heart and Voice ® Program 2105

Suggested Broadcast: Sunday, February 7, 2021

As we begin the annual observance of Black History Month, we’ll focus some of our attention on sacred music of Black composers, as well as the rich tradition of African-American Spirituals. Join Peter DuBois for the exploration.


With Heart and Voice ® Program 2104

Suggested Broadcast: Sunday, January 31, 2021

January boasts the birthdays of some sacred music heavy hitters, and we’ll celebrate the musical gifts that they shared with us. Join Peter DuBois to listen to great music by Duruflé, Mozart, Poulenc, and Schubert!


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