Inspiration and representation at the Boston Symphony Orchestra

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra is highlighting people and voices often marginalized in classical music. It comes as the orchestra is celebrating a milestone this year: a century ago tenor Roland Hayes became the first Black soloist to perform with the BSO.

The orchestra has carried on that tradition. Yet Black musicians continue to make up less than two percent of players in major American symphonies, according to a 2014 study by the League of American Orchestras.

We talk with conductor Thomas Wilkins and singer Barbara Walker about their recent performances with the historic ensemble.

This segment aired on March 15, 2023.


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