William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com
Quintet of the Americas
Carl MaultsBy's "The Journey" and "Kum-Ba-Ya, Marcus"
Valerie Coleman's "Afro-Cuban Concerto"
William Grant Still's theme song for the 1939 World's Fair
Barbara Harbach's "Maya Angelou" from Freeing the Caged Bird
and poetry by Maya Angelou and Paul Laurence Dunbar
Quintet of the Americas, Queens’ renowned woodwind quintet, will present a concert featuring two works by Carl MaultsBy - The Journey, for woodwind quintet, African and Latin percussion, and trap drum, in three movements: Procession from the Motherland Through the Middle Passage to the Americas, Spiritual, and Shout, and Kum-Ba-Ya, Marcus, for wind quintet and narrator, which provides a glimpse of Marcus Garvey, the proponent of Pan-Africanism and Black Nationalism. The Quintet will be joined by three guest percussionists and Broadway actor Charles Wallace who will narrate and read related poetry.
The program will include a contemporary quintet, Afro-Cuban Concerto by Valerie Coleman of Imani Winds, as well as Barbara Harbach's Freeing the Caged Bird. Mr. Wallace will recite I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar.