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 KDFC 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, 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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