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The Music of Missouri with the American Wild Ensemble

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American Wild Ensemble with composer Ingrid Stölzel (second from right, top row) after recording her new work, 'Where the Sun of Freedom Shines.'

Today we are diving into the music of Missouri! Enjoy new works from the American Wild Ensemble's project that honors and reflects on the state's 200 year history and hear from one of composers included in that collaboration: Ingrid Stölzel.

The Missouri-based group the American Wild Ensemble celebrates the people, places, and stories that shape American history and culture through the commission and performance of new music. Their new project honors and reflects the 200 year history of Missouri. We’ll listen to three of their recent commissions on this week's episode of Sound Currents.

This week's guests include composer Ingrid Stölzel with co-founders of the American Wild Ensemble, Emlyn Johnson and Daniel Ketter.

Be sure to answer this week's "favorite piece" poll down below and check out an online exclusive: Joy by Hans Bridger Heruth as performed by the KC VITAs Chamber Choir.

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Ingrid Stölzel, composer
Emlyn Johnson, co-founder of American Wild Ensemble
Daniel Ketter, co-founder of American Wild Ensemble

Where the Sun of Freedom Shines
by Ingrid Stölzel
American Wild Ensemble

Wild Revival
by Stefan Freund
American Wild Ensemble

Missouri By and By
I. The Land
II. The River
III. The Struggle
by Marcus Lewis, poetry by Glenn North
American Wild Ensemble with Glenn North - spoken word

The American Wild Ensemble and composer Ingrid Stölzel joined Sound Currents via Zoom.

Bonus Content
Need a pick-me-up? Enjoy another work from a Missouri-based composer: 'Joy' by Hans Bridger Heruth performed by the KC VITAs Chamber Choir.

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