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Reflections of Us

Reflections of Us

Reflections of Us amplifies diverse voices in classical music. It’s hosted by Dr. Derrick Fox, Distinguished Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He’s also on the forefront of Diversity, Equity, Access, Inclusion and Belonging work in the U.S. Dr. Fox takes you on a musical journey with some of your favorite artists and composers while broadening your horizons to see the music, people and lived experiences that have been excluded from what we know as classical music.

You can hear Reflections of Us Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m. wherever you listen to KVNO.

Click on the episodes below for the playlist and to go deeper into the questions posed in each program.

Episode 1 – aired on KVNO April 4 @ 9 p.m. and April 8 @ 4 p.m.

Go deeper with Dr. Derrick Fox:

In episode 1 of Reflections of Us, Dr. Fox talked about the Cycle of Socialization and Oppression. Find out more about it here.

Listen to a great conversation with Laura Downes on the intersectionality of her life and music.

Find out more about Omar Thomas and experience more of his wonderful classical music and learn about how he marries cultures in his life and music.

  • Xavier Foley’s Shelter Island, performed by Randall Goosby (vln) and Xavier Foley (double bass)
  • Jessye Norman singing Schubert’s Ave Maria with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
  • The Aquarium and the Seal Lullaby from Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, performed by the Kanneh-Mason family
  • I. Testimony and II. Shout from Omar Thomas’ Come Sunday, performed by the Baylor University Wind Ensemble, conductor Eric Wilson
  • Johnson’s March from Frank Johnson, performed by Matthew H. Phillips and his Symphony Orchestra of America
  • Florence Price’s Adoration, performed by Randall Goosby
  • Lara Downes’ Spiritual Suite III. Troubled Water, performed by Lara Downes
  • Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de St. Georges: String Quartet No 1, movements I and II performed by the Juilliard String Quartet


Episode 2 – aired on KVNO April 11 @ 9 p.m. and April 15 @ 4 p.m.

Go deeper with Dr. Derrick Fox:

In episode 2 of Reflections of Us, Dr. Fox talked about covering. Read more about it in this article.

Read about Margaret Rosezarian Harris, the first woman to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Explore African American Shape Note Singing.

Hear Barbara Croall talk more about Nbiidaasamishkaamiin.

  • Jennifer Higdon’s “Reel Time” from Southern Harmony, performed by the Ying Quartet
  • Randall Thompson’s Alleluia, played by the Ying Quartet
  • Inside the Pearly Gates”: field recording from Florida-Alabama African American Shape Note Singing
  • Toru Takemitsu’s “Green”, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa conducting
  • John Williams, “Freedom’s Call” from the movie Lincoln (Chicago Symphony)
  • Barbara Croall’s Nbiidaasamishkaamiin; Ensemble Made in Canada
  • Mozart’s Abendempfindung an Laura, K. 523, Measha Brueggergosman
  • Eric Whitacre’s Sleep, performed by the Northwestern University Wind Symphony, led by Mallory Thompson
  • George Quincy’s Choctaw Nights

Episode 3 – aired on KVNO April 18 @ 9 p.m. and April 22 @ 4 p.m.

Go deeper with Dr. Derrick Fox:

In episode 3 of Reflections of Us, Dr. Fox talked about the multitude of meanings that go along with the term diversity. Diversity – Refers to all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, creed, gender expression , sexual expression, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religion/spirituality, age, (dis)ability, military/veteran status, political perspective, and associational preferences and religion.

Read more about the concept of Othering.

Here’s an article on Inclusive Language for Talking About People With Intellectual Disabilities.

Read more about the great violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Find out more about the exciting Pan African Orchestra.

  • Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.107 – “Reformation”: 4. Choral “Ein’ Feste Burg ist unser Gott!” (Andante con moto – Allegro vivace – Allegro maestoso – Più animato poco a poco), London Symphony Orchestra & Claudio Abbado
  • Pan-African Orchestra – Sisala Sibrew – (Opus 1 1995)
  • Toumani Diabate and the London Symphony – Korolen – Elyne Road – (Malian composer and kora player)
  • Coptic Light (Morton Feldman) Michael Morgan conductor
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra & Itzhak Perlman, The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 in F Major, RV 293 “Autumn”: I. Allegro, Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Diversity – ability)
  • Aretha Franklin – Nessun Dorma – Jewels in the Crown (Diversity – what is classical music, the versatility of the voice)


Episode 4 – aired on KVNO April 25 @ 9 p.m. and April 29 @ 4 p.m.

Go deeper with Dr. Derrick Fox:

In episode 4 of Reflections of Us, Dr. Fox talked about allyship, an active, consistent and arduous practice of unlearning and re-evaluation in which a person in a position of privilege or power seeks to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group.

Find out more about Allyship and learn how to implement in your own life.

Learn 10 Ways to Build Allyship Through Empathy

Learn more about the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.

Find out more about Caroline Shaw and her work “To the Hands”.

Read the story about how anxiety nearly destroyed the life of Laura Mvula.

Plan a Mental Health Day with the help of the Mayo Clinic.

  • .Jessye Norman (Soprano) Jessye Norman Live At Hohenems – Widmung
  • Caroline Shaw (University of Nebraska Omaha Concert Choir) – To the Hands
  • Laura Mvula (Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley at Abbey Road Studios) – She
  • Mei-Ann Chen (conductor) – Project W Works by Women Composers – Reena Esmail – #metoo
  • Mei-Ann Chen (conductor) – Project W Works by Women Composers – Clarice Assad- Sin Frontera


Episode 5 – aired on KVNO May 2 @ 9 p.m. and May 6 @ 4 p.m.

Go deeper with Dr. Derrick Fox:

In episode 5 of Reflections of Us, Dr. Fox focused on the human condition, the positive and negative experiences affecting our daily existence. It also serves as a connector with others who have similar experiences.

Learn more about what defines the Human Condition.

Meet Maestra Mei-Ann Chen of the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Watch this great video on composer and artist Meredith Monk.

Hear an interview with Eric Whitacre and Charles Anthony Silvestri on The Sacred Veil.

  • Jessie Montgomery – Coincident Dances
  • Meredith Monk – The Politics of Quiet: Waltz in 5s
  • Aaron Copland – Quiet City
  • Eric Whitacre – The Sacred Veil



Episode 6 – aired on KVNO May 9 @ 9 p.m. and May 15 @ 4 p.m.

In episode 6, Dr. Fox talked about the intersection of music and politics. Both conflict and harmony play an integral role in politics and music.

Go deeper with Dr. Derrick Fox:

Read more about famed conductor James Yannatos.

View an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Karel Husa.

Read more from the LA Phil about the work The People United Will Never Be Defeated! and see a stirring video of the Chilean orchestra with a breathtaking open-air performance.

  • James Yannatos, Yannatos: Symphony No. 4 – Symphony No. 4 (Tiananmen Square): I. Many People
  • James Yannatos, Yannatos: Symphony No. 4 – Symphony No. 4: Symphony No. 4 (Tiananmen Square): V. In Memorium
  • Karel Husa –Music for Prague, 1968: I. Introduction and Fanfare: Adagio
  • Karel Husa – Music for Prague, 1968: IV. Toccata and Chorale: Vivace
  • Frederic Rzewski – The People United Will Never Be Defeated (36 Variations on “El Pueblo Unido Jamàs Serà) Part I
  • Frederic Rzewski – The People United Will Never Be Defeated (36 Variations on “El Pueblo Unido Jamàs Serà Vencido!”): Part 7



Episode 7 – aired on KVNO May 16 @ 9 p.m. and May 20 @ 4 p.m.

In episode 7, Dr. Fox talked about marginalization in music, centering specifically on the concepts of ingroup and outgroups.

Go deeper with Dr. Derrick Fox:

Read more about how the Nazi’s deemed some music as ‘Degenerate’ music.

Here’s another article that examines what it felt like to experience Internal exile in music in Nazi Germany.

Read about composers who experienced external exile in Nazi Germany.

Several composers found themselves in serious trouble with the Nazi’s. Read here about a Czech composer who died in a Nazi concentration camp.

Find out more about the music from Mátyás Seiber performed on this episode of Reflections of Us.

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann – Symphony No. 6: II. Toccata variata. Presto
  • Boris Blacher – Violin Concerto: II. Adagio – Presto attacca
  • Matyas Seiber – Besardo Suite No. 2: VI. Courante de guerre – Canaries
  • Matyas Seiber & Johnny Dankworth – Improvisations for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra i. Introduction
  • Erwin Schulhoff – 5 Pieces for String Quartet: No. 5, Alla tarantella
  • Gideon Klein
    • String Trio: I. Allegro
    • String Trio: II. Lento
    • String Trio: III. Molto vivace

Episode 8 – aired on KVNO May 23 @ 9 p.m. and May 27 @ 4 p.m.

In episode 8, Dr. Fox talked about the beauty of our environment and what we can do to help.

Go deeper with Dr. Derrick Fox

Read more about Karal Husa’s Apotheosis of this Earth.

Listen to Florence Price’s The Mississippi River Suite.

Learn how Gabriella Smith’s Lost Coast was inspired by a five-day solo backpacking trip.

Find local resources you can use to do your part at Nebraska Environmental Quality.

Dr. Fox grew up in the Mississippi Delta. View this breathtaking video on the Beginning of the Mississippi River.

  • Karel Husa – Apotheosis Movt II
  • Alberto Grau – Kasar Mie La Gaji (St. Olaf)
  • Ludovico Einaudi – Elegy for the Arctic (Piano Solo)
  • Florence Price – The Mississippi River: Andante – Allegretto – Allegro
  • Ron Nelson – Rocky Point Holiday
  • Gabriella Smith – Lost Coast II
  • Gabriella Smith – Lost Coast III

Episode 9 – aired on KVNO May 30 @ 9 p.m. and June 3 @ 4 p.m.

In episode 9, Dr. Fox talked about women’s empowerment and the concept of third culture.

Go deeper with Dr. Derrick Fox

Read more about Chinese American conductor Dorothy Chang.

Learn more about Third Culture Kids – kids who grow up in a country or community that isn’t their parents’ homeland – and listen to a great TED Talk on Third Culture Kids, who can be citizens on nowhere and everywhere.

What does conductor Marin Alsop think about the movie Tar? Read her response here.

Watch a performance of the String Queens on CBS Mornings.