AMERICAN MOSAIC -April 5, 2002: Berklee School of Music album / A question about Easter / A museum
show honoring three female artists
Welcome to AMERICAN MOSAIC
VOA’s radio magazine in Special English.
This is Doug Johnson. On our program today we:
Play recordings by musicians educated at the Berklee School of Music..
Answer a question about the Easter holiday..
And visit a museum show honoring three female artists.
Three Women Artists
A show honoring three North American women artists is now at a museum in Washington, D.C. The artists are
Emily Carr of Canada, Georgia O’Keefe of the United States and Frida Kahlo of Mexico. Shep O ’Neal has
The show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is called “Places of Their Own: Emily Carr, Georgia
O’Keefe and Frida Kahlo.
The three women are considered the greatest women painters of their countries in
the Twentieth Century. The show examines the artistic and personal links among them.
Emily Carr of Canada is the first in the show because she was the oldest. She was born in Eighteen-Seventy-One.
She did not become known for her paintings until she was more than fifty years old. Today, Emily Carr is one of
Canada’s most celebrated artists. Many of her paintings show the trees and natural surroundings she loved in
her home province of British Columbia. She also developed a picture record of Northwest Coast Indian villages.
Georgia O’Keefe is considered by many experts to be the most popular female
American artist. Her paintings sometimes are shown along with the pictures taken
by her husband, the famous photographer Alfred Steiglitz. Georgia O’Keefe lived
in Texas and New York before moving to New Mexico. The striking land in the
southwestern United States provided many subjects for her paintings. Many of her
pictures show nature at its simplest, with few details.
The final artist honored in the museum show is Frida
Kahlo. Nearly all of her paintings are pictures of
herself. Frida Kahlo was almost killed in an accident when she was a young girl.
Her injuries remained a problem most of her life. Frida Kahlo’s work was affected
by her pain and suffering. It also showed her love for her husband, the artist Diego
Rivera. The colors and shapes of her paintings were influenced by Mexico’
Emily Carr, ''Big Raven,''
Georgia O'Keeffe, ''Red Hills
with the Pedernal,'' 1936
All three of these women included ideas of themselves in their
paintings. They also searched for meaning in their native lands and cultures. Experts say
their work is important because it greatly changed the art of North America in the Twentieth
Frida Kahlo, ''Self-
Our VOA listener question this week comes from Mongolia. Amarkhuu Ayulguisaikhan
asks how Americans celebrate the Easter holiday.
Christians in the United States celebrated Easter last Sunday, March
thirty-first. Christians believe Easter is the day when Jesus Christ rose
from the dead about two thousand years ago. Most Christians believe
Jesus was sent to Earth to save humans from wrongdoing, and to give
them everlasting life.
Thousands of American churches held services outside on Easter morning. This tradition is
very old. It probably was started by Moravian Christians in the eastern state of Pennsylvania
in Seventeen-Forty-Three. This Moravian service of praise is still held today.
Sunrise services in the United States are usually planned to include members of many
Christian religious groups. One of the most famous takes place at the Hollywood Bowl, an
outdoor center in Los Angeles, California. People arrive the night before to try to attend this
Many Americans also observe Easter customs not directly linked to religious tradition. People in many cities
walk through the streets on Easter morning after attending church. Each year, thousands of people in New York
City wear new clothes to take part in this Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue.
Some families color eggs and hide them for their children to find. Parents say a rabbit leaves the Easter eggs. The
rabbit is known as the Easter Bunny.
Here in Washington, a big celebration takes place each year on the Monday after Easter. The President of the
United States invites children to play a game rolling colored Easter eggs on the grounds behind the White House.
President Rutherford Hayes and his wife Lucy started this American tradition in Eighteen-Seventy-Eight.
This year, about forty -thousand children took part. President Bush and his wife Laura welcomed the children and
their families to the White House grounds. Everyone seemed to enjoy the sunny day filled with music and games.
Shekinah Thirteen Artists
The world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, has trained many successful singers such
as Melissa Etheridge and Diana Krall. A record has been recently released of some music by Berklee students
who are not as well known. Mary Tillotson explains.
Berklee College has its own recording company to provide its students with experiences in the recording
business. Earlier this year, the college ’s small recording company and a major recording company, Epic/Sony
Records, jointly released a record.
Easter Cross, 1877
(Image -Library of
The project began when students in one Berklee class decided to produce a record
and try to sell it nationally. They listened to tapes and chose which songs and artists
to include. All the artists were educated at Berklee. The Epic record company
agreed to market the recording.
The name of the record is “Shekinah (shuh-KEE-nah) Thirteen Artists.
says the word honors the creative power of females.
One artist on the record is Polina, the daughter of Russian singer Anka. She
recorded her song in her father’s studio in Moscow. It is called “Out of My
((CUT 1: OUT OF MY MIND))
Another former Berklee student on the record is German artist Antje Zumbansen. She has already won the Vince
Gill Award for Songwriting and Outstanding Musicianship. Here she sings “Without An End.
((CUT 2: WITHOUT AN END)
The last song on the Shekinah record was written and performed by Amanda Williams. She graduated from the
Berklee School of Music in Nineteen-Ninety-Nine. She wrote the song “Beer Run,
which Garth Brooks and
George Jones recorded. We leave you now with Amanda Williams singing her song, “Low.
((CUT 3: LOW)
This is Doug Johnson. I hope you enjoyed our program today. And I hope you will join us again next week for
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