Part of Radio 3 s Sounding the Century project, Inventing America on 3 encompasses classical music, jazz, drama, speech programmes and documentary features.
Drama highlights will include American playwright Sam Shepard reading his own work, two Broadway Hall of Fame concerts featuring Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein, and readings of five Hemingway stories. Three Sunday plays will be broadcast during the season - Tennessee Williams classic A Streetcar Named Desire, Eugene O Neill s The Emperor Jones and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans.
Other highlights include: a feature on Jackson Pollock, acclaimed by Life magazine in 1948 as “the greatest living American painter”; four recitals of American song from Birmingham, including programmes given by Dawn Upshaw and Valdine Anderson; three London Symphony Orchestra concerts conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and two with conductor André Previn; and performances by jazz greats Sonny Rollins and David Sanborn.
Radio 3 s arts debate programme Night Waves (Tuesday - Thursdays at 10.45pm) will also come live from the Barbican Centre with the personalities, issues and controversies of the festival.