February 13, 2022 - 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
We observe Black History Month by highlighting works of African-American composer William Grant Still, Jr., who is known as the “Dean of African-American Composers.” Still wrote nearly 200 pieces, including five symphonies, four ballets, nine operas, and over thirty choral works. He won the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Jubilee Prize for his Festive Overture, which was praised at its premiere for reflecting “the grandeur of scenic America.” Still again drew inspiration from American landscapes in The American Scene including suites ranging from “The Southwest” to “The East.” Wailing Woman features a soloist and chorus in a powerful piece based on a Verna Arvey poem that draws parallels between the experiences of people of different races and faiths.
William Grant Still: Festive Overture
William Grant Still: Wailing Woman
William Grant Still: The American Scene (Excerpts)
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