Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Tours With Music of William Grant Still

William Grant Still: Celebrating An American Master Composer” is a 5-city tour of Mississippi by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Crafton Beck, in honor of the African American composer who was a native of the State.

“The Mississippi Arts Commission and the MSO present a tribute to the legendary William Grant Still, Mississippi native and internationally known composer. The concert will showcase the broad range of Still’s inspiring compositions, from his symphonic works to his arrangements of spirituals. Choirs from across Mississippi will be joined by soloists and the full MSO for this tribute. The concert is presented through the leadership of the Mississippi Arts Commission and generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Initiative and the Phil Hardin Foundation and will be presented in several venues throughout the state.”

The dates and locations of the concerts are:

Oct. 12, 2007 Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson, MS 7:30pm

Oct. 14, 2007 Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 4:00pm For tickets, call (662) 915-7411
The Ole Miss Concert Singers, Delta State University Chorale, and Rust College Choir will perform with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Crafton Beck.

Nov. 9, 2007 Riley Center, Mississippi State University, Meridian, MS 8pm

Nov. 11, 2007 Bennett Auditorium, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 3pm

Nov. 15, 2007 Bologna Performing Arts Center, Cleveland, MS 7:30pm

The CD shown above, Bridge 9086 (1999), features William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony, recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Karl Krueger, conductor.

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