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WDAV Classical Public Radio Celebrates Black Composers with “Lift Every Voice”

by | Jan 25, 2023

WDAV Classical Public Radio proudly presents a new season of “Lift Every Voice,” a four-part series that explores Black composers and performers’ legacies, beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2. Host Joshua Hood, bassoonist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, guides listeners through the broad musical range of Black composers’ work from jazz and spirituals to high romantic music.

“” Lift Every Voice” is an opportunity to do a deep dive into music written by members of the African diaspora,” said WDAV Content Director Rachel Stewart. “Taken as a whole, it’s a very rich body of work which, unfortunately, many people simply haven’t encountered. With this program, WDAV wants to change that and give the music the exposure it deserves. It’s a chance for listeners to discover some truly wonderful artists and compositions.”

A new episode will premiere each Thursday at 7 p.m. during the month of February. An encore of each episode will air the following Sunday at 5 p.m.

Broadcast Schedule

Episode 1 – Thursday, 2/2 at 7pm & Sunday, 2/5 at 5pm

Episode 2 – Thursday 2/9 at 7pm & Sunday 2/12 at 5pm

Episode 3 – Thursday 2/16 at 7pm & Sunday 2/19 at 5pm

Episode 4 – Thursday 2/23 at 7pm & Sunday 2/26 at 5pm

Options for listening include tuning to 89.9 FM in Charlotte and surrounding areas, streaming at WDAV’s mobile app and, or using smart speaker commands with devices such as Google Home or Amazon Echo (Alexa). A complete listing of listening options and instructions can be found at

“Lift Every Voice” is produced and distributed by WDAV Classical Public Radio. Funding is provided in part by Catherine and Wilton Connor, and John Ratliff, Broker-Realtor with Allen Tate Realtors in Davidson.


Joshua Hood is a bassoonist with the Charlotte Symphony and bassoon instructor at Davidson College He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Lewis H. Cooper. Hood completed his Masters’ degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has also performed with a number of other orchestras, including the North Carolina Symphony, Houston Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony and the Sphinx Symphony in Detroit. Hood is also a member of the WDAV Classical Public Radio Community Advisory Board.


WDAV Classical Public Radio is dedicated to building a community focused on classical music by providing easy access to the art form, as well as opportunities for exploration and discovery. In addition to producing 149 hours per week for its own broadcast use on 89.9FM, HD-1, HD-2, and channels, the station produces nationally distributed programs, including Concierto, and, in partnership with South Carolina Public Radio, Carolina Live. A service of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, WDAV’s main source of operating revenue comes from annual member contributions. The station’s 89.9FM signal reaches a 22-county region centered in the Charlotte, North Carolina metro area and ranges from Rock Hill, South Carolina to Galax, Virginia. WDAV’s broadcasts can also be heard live online 24 hours a day at and iTunes, as well as on any Android, iPhone, or iPad device equipped with the WDAV Classical Public Radio app, or the TuneIn, NPR Music, or Public Radio Player apps.

For more information, contact Will Keible, Director of Marketing & Corporate Support, (704)-894-2983 or [email protected]

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