For a special holiday edition of Radio Boston, we explore how the arts and culture scenes changed in Boston this year. Our host is Tiziana Dearing.
- We begin with a story from Radio Boston producer Zoë Mitchell, who explored how Handel and Haydn's New Voices choir put together a multi-lingual collaboration with a Colombian group while singing from home.
- We hear from Boston Pops director Keith Lockhart, who spoke with us about how our conversations about America's legacy with racism this year should and will redefine the mission of The Pops and Boston's art scene moving forward.
- We check in on how our local music scene weathered the pandemic and why it matters with Frank Poindexter. general manager of Wally's Cafe and Jazz Club, and Carl Lavin, who is working to resurrect the Great Scott.
- This year, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum put the work of a John Singer Sargent firmly in the context of our nation's history on race with the exhibit "Boston's Apollo: Thomas McKeller And John Singer Sargent." We visit the exhibit with curator Nathaniel Silver and community collaborator, writer Theo Tyson.
- Music educator Rob Kapilow talks with us about how the music of Cole Porter helped Americans through another crisis in U.S. history: The Great Depression. We find out why Kapilow calls his music "the 'Tiger King' of its time."
This program aired on December 25, 2020.