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Honor workers and the labor rights movement through music

Joan Marcus
The cast of the 2009 broadway revival of "Ragtime," a musical by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

Host Brooke Knoll explores the inspiration behind Louis Andreissen's "Worker's Union," George Antheil's "Ballet Mécanique," and more music for Labor Day from composers Frederic Rzewksi, Stephen Flaherty, Ruth Crawford Seeger and more.

Scroll down for a full Labor Day Spotify playlist.


Brooke Knoll


Ballet Mécanique
by George Antheil
Daniel Spalding and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

2 Ricercare - Chinaman, Laundryman
by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Reinbert de Leeuw, piano

Variations on The People United Will Never Be Defeated - Selections
by Frederic Rzewski
Frederic Rzewski, piano

Henry Ford
The Night that Goldman Spoke at Union Square
From "Ragtime"
by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens

Worker's Union
by Louis Andriessen
Ban on a Can All-stars

Fröhlicher Landmann, Op. 68 No. 10 - "The Happy Farmer"
by Robert Schumann
Jean-Marc Luisada, piano

Brooke Knoll is the digital audience specialist and on-air host for Classical KC. You can reach her at brooke@classicalkc.org.
Sam Wisman is a Producer for 91.9 Classical KC. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.