Classical music writer and radio host Walter Carroll announces New England Public Radio (NEPR.net) will be wishing a happy birthday (87th) to Amherst emeritus composer Dr. Frederick C. Tillis on Thursday afternoon, January 5th, with a performance of Tillis' Niger Symphony (at about 2:55pm EST) and Motherless Child - Spiritual Fantasy No. 1 (at about 3:13pm). Click on Nepr.net - classical and see the online radio listening link at the top of the page.
In addition, Tillis' groundbreaking choral work from 1968, Freedom (In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King), for SATB and recorded by the University of Massachusetts Chorale Singers, Richard du Bois, conductor, will be played on NEPR radio on the upcoming birthday observance of Dr. King, on January 16th. We wish a warm and happy birthday greeting to ACA composer Fred Tillis and best wishes for his continued health.