New York, NY (December 6, 2004)–Renowned recording artist, producer and music director Michael Whalen will compose the score for PBS’ four-part series Slavery and the Making Of America, which will debut February 9 and 16 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Whalen is an Emmy award-winner whose music can be heard on over 350 television and film projects as well as thousands of national advertisements. He has quickly become one of the industry’s most sought after composers for television and film scores. His best-known works include the theme for ABC’s Good Morning America, the CBS Movie of the Week Stolen From the Heart, dozens of scores for HBO, National Geographic (Surviving West Point and The Shape of Life), Discovery (The Future is Wild), PBS (The American Experience), Disney, The History Channel and many other networks.
Additionally, he has worked with artists ranging from Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim to A/C hit maker Jim Brickman to Oscar winning composer Howard Shore. He has also created tracks for the multi-platinum Poke’Mon television soundtrack and the Broadway show Poke’Mon Live.
A landmark series, Slavery and the Making Of America is the first comprehensive documentary to draw its content from recent scholarship, offering fresh insight and shattering the common misconceptions of the most oppressive period in our nation’s history. Focusing on the individual stories of the enslaved, including unsung heroes such as Harriet Jacobs and Robert Smalls, the series reveals the courage, ingenuity and strength of enslaved men, women and children, as well as the contributions they made to the wealth, culture and spirit of America.
The series is executive produced by William R. Grant. Dante James serves as senior producer and acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman is narrator.