Johnson and Ketter, music faculty at Missouri State University, collaborated with composers and performers from the Midwest to tell the stories of Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart.
“We really wanted to try and find some inspiring women who lived close to where we were living now, to tell stories relevant to the places that we would be performing the music,” Ketter said.
Though most will be familiar with Earhart’s legacy, Coleman may be lesser known.
“Bessie Coleman was actually the first woman of Native American and African American heritage to hold a pilot’s license. She was quite a fearless daredevil and a really amazing character,” Johnson said.
Johnson and Ketter commissioned new music from Ingrid Stolzel, University of Kansas, and Carolina Heredia, University of Missouri, for this project.
About the project
This collaboration was an expansion of their Music in the American Wild project.
They will perform this work throughout the region this spring, with a concert at Missouri State University April 13.