Nun’s ‘Highwayman’ to air Thursday

A piece of music written 70 years ago by a Benedictine nun from the St. Scholastica Monastery that was the centerpiece of the university’s centennial celebration will be featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

“The Highwayman,” by Sister Martina Hughes, which goes along with the poem by Alfred Noyes, was performed by a full orchestra and directed by Shelley Gruskin during a Cambiata Concert Series performance in October.

It airs at about 3:10 p.m. Thursday on WSCD-FM 92.9.

“The Highwayman” won a Minnesota composers’ competition and the then-Duluth Symphony gave it a full orchestral debut in 1941.

The performance will be available on mpr.org after it airs.

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