Monday, August 18, 2008

History of the Americas: William Grant Still Conducted Los Angeles Symphony At Hollywood Bowl

[William Grant Still, Conducting; Photo is the sole property of William Grant Still Music and is used with permission.]

History of the Americas
Thursday, August 14, 2008
African-Americans In The Twentieth Century
African-Americans 1920s
William Grant Still (1895-1978) was the guest conductor of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. He became the first African-American given the honor to conduct a major symphonic orchestra.”

William Grant Still was an African American composer, oboist, arranger and conductor who was born in Woodville, Mississippi and died in Los Angeles, California. One of the proudest and most historic moments of Still's career took place on July 23, 1936, when he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of his own compositions at the Hollywood Bowl. William Grant Still is profiled at

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