Saturday, February 21, 2009

Southeast Missouri Symphony Plays William Grant Still's 'Afro-American Symphony' March 3

[Afro-American Symphony; William Grant Still; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Karl Kruger, conductor; Bridge 9086 (1999)]
Southeast News
Lincoln Concert
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 18, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present a concert next month entitled “Lincoln Portrait” to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln born Feb. 12, 1809. The concert will include music by significant American composers and will feature a performance of Aaron Copland’s evocative “Lincoln Portrait,” with Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder as special guest narrator. The concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall in the Cultural Arts Center located at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus.

The program will open with the festive “American Celebration Overture” by the 20th century American composer, Bill Holcombe. Holcombe’s compositional credits include film scores, original compositions and many arrangements for concert band, orchestra and jazz band. This concert also will include a performance of a work by the iconic American composer, Charles Ives, “Unanswered Question,” and the magnificent “Afro-American Symphony” by the important African American composer, William Grant Still. [Full Post] [William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, where a complete Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma is also found]

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