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Music Inside Out with Givonna Joseph and OperaCréole

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When John Boutté invited OperaCréole to join him on stage at this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Boutté knew he'd hit on the right mix for yet another history-making performance. OperaCréole, which appears on Boutté's latest CD, All About Everything, is a new and formidable force in the area's musical pantheon.

Givonna Joseph is the founder of the group and knows the power and the glory of good music. This week, Joseph joins the mix at Music Inside Out for yet another history-making show.

Music Playlist

James Booker

Silvain: Overture
Andre Ernest-Modeste Gretry
Orchestre De Bretagne & Stefan Sanderling

Be My Love
Mario Lanza

This is a Man's World
James Brown & Luciano Pavarotti

Deep River
Givonna Joseph

Stormy Weather
Lena Horne

Bizet's Carmen 
Act 3: Voyons Que J'essaie A Mon Tour
Shirley Verret, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Sir Georg Solti

Un Ballo a Maschera
Saper Vorreste
Verdi Kathleen Battle, National Philharmonic Orchestra of London & Sir Georg Solti

Schubert Lieder (Der Tod Und Das Mädchen)
Marion Anderson

Belle Nuit, the Barcarolle from Les Contes d'Hoffman
Jacques Offenbach
Aria Mason, Givonna Joseph, OperaCréole

Scena from Ernestine
Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Valerie Jones Francis, OperaCréole

Family Affair
Mary J. Blige

Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way from Porgy and Bess

I Need Thee Every Hour
Givonna Joseph

James Booker

Silvain Overture
Andre Ernest-Modeste Gretry
Orchestre De Bretagne & Stefan Sanderling

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Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and as a longtime student of music from around the world.