Asako Tamura & Amber Merritt Headline PBS’ ‘One Voice: The Songs We Share’

By David Salazar

The American Pops Orchestra is set to release two episodes of “One Voice: The Songs We Share” on PBS starting on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

The showcase features a number of unique musicians, including soprano Asako Tamura and Amber Merritt. The two opera singers will be featured in the second episode entitled “American Roots.” They will be conducted by Luke Frazier. The episode will also feature pianist Jacqueline Schwab, and Broadway star Mauricio Martinez

The episode was filmed at the Marinoff Theater at Shepherd University in West Virginia.

The other episode will be “Country.” Filmed at the Poorhouse Farm Park in West Virginia, it will feature Emmy-Award winner Leslie Jordan, songwriter / producer / guitarist Travis Howard, Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss, singer-songwriter Senora May, and Broadway performer Claybourne Elder.

“It’s my belief that an orchestra is at heart, a service organization, and that the focus should not only be on providing high quality musical experiences, but also regularly representing all styles of music in their programming. In that vein, we seek to put a spotlight on the many types of music enjoyed across our country,” Frazier said in a press release. “In these next two episodes, you’ll hear the sounds of our earliest indigenous musicians, attend the opera, pull up a stool at the honky-tonk, sit by a campfire, go to church and so much more! All of this music is performed with the same orchestra – an orchestra that wants to share your story and shine a light on how all of our music brings us together.”