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Wonders of Geography
Wonders of Geography: A Musical Atlas of America was originally produced in collaboration with the Fairfax Network. The program takes viewers on an innovative musical journey into five major regions of the United States.

The Virginia Chamber Orchestra, supplemented by additional instruments, performs selections that transport students to sites including Mount St. Helens, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi River, and the Appalachian Mountains.

Studio guests discuss the physical and cultural features of each region and how those sights and sounds inspired American composers. Live in the studio, students demonstrate percussion instruments used in the musical examples.

Joseph McLellan, the late chief music critic at The Washington Post, called this “a marvelous enhancement of two subjects by having them interact.“

Lessons by Debra Lindsay
Time: 45 minutes