So many people who made invaluable contributions to classical music were underappreciated in their time, or have been nearly lost to history. That’s why KUSC is starting Open Ears, a series of stories about composers, musicians and conductors who deserve more recognition, starting with a look at the life of singer Marian Anderson, conductor Calvin Simmons, composer Florence B. Price, composer Julius Eastman, influential pianist, singer, and teacher Amanda Ira Aldridge, pioneering conductor Rudolph Dunbar, multi-talented composer/actor Jester Hairston, composer Caroline Shaw, composer Jennifer Higdon, guitar prodigy María Luisa Anido, and more.

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