This week, a rousing, moving new work created as an homage to Rosa Parks: Hannibal Lokumbe's oratorio Dear Mrs. Parks, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2005.
Hannibal LOKUMBE (b.1948): Dear Mrs. Parks, an oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra (recorded live at Orchestra Hall, Detroit, in March 2009, with soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme; mezzo-soprano Jevetta Steele; bass Kevin Deas; and child soprano Taylor Gardner; the Rackham Symphony Choir and Brazeal Dennard Chorale; and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Wilkins conducting) (Tracks 2-4, and 6-10--56:00) CD TITLE: "Lokumbe: Dear Mrs. Parks" (Naxos American Classics 8.559668)