William Grant Still
William Grant Still was a Modern Era American composer. He is often called the “Dean of Afro-American Composers.” He was the first African American to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States, conduct a major American network radio orchestra, and have an opera produced by a major American company & televised in the US over a national network. He has also been inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.
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Summerland for Violin & Piano performed by Eileen Moudou, violin, and Brad Clark, piano
Grief performed by Yolanda Rhodes, soprano, Deanne Tucker, piano, on Sunday, January 26, 2014 during the concert “Let Freedom Ring: The Resounding Music of African American Composers” which took place at the Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center in East Palo Alto, California, USA.
Miniatures for Woodwind Quintet
I. I Ride an Old Paint – 0:11-3:35
II. A Frog Went A-Courtin’ – 3:36-5:20
III. Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land – 5:21-7:41
IV. Yaravi – 7:42-9:55
V. Adolorido – 9:56-end
Carmen Lemoine, flute
Ryan Zwahlen, oboe
Jeannie Psomas, clarinet
Yueh Chou, bassoon
Leslie Hart, horn
Danille Belen plays William Grant Still’s “Mother and Child” Suite for Violin.
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Tito Munoz, Conductor
Afro-American Symphony: I. Moderato assai – Longing · Royal Philharmonic Orchestra · William Grant Still · Karl Krueger, Conductor
Afro-American Symphony: II. Adagio · Paul Freeman, conductor · William Grant Still · London Symphony
Afro-American Symphony: IV. Lento con risolutione · Paul Freeman, conductor · William Grant Still · London Symphony Orchestra
Afro-American Symphony: III. Animato · Paul Freeman, conductor · William Grant Still · London Symphony
“Mississippi” Singer/Actor: Tyrone Chambers
Pianist: Jonathan Levin
Filmed, edited and directed by Jonathan Levin
The Mississippi Chorus & The Murrah High School Singers*
Mark Nabholz, Artistic Director
Marta Szlubowska, Concertmaster