Thursday, November 13, 2008

William Grant Still Festival Dec. 1-6, 2008 Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Still's Death

Mya Cooper, Community Liaison Coordinator for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, sends us this news: “The 2008 William Grant Still Music Festival, a collaboration between The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, and Wilberforce University, will take place December 1-6 2008. The Festival will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of William Grant Still, the first African American to write a major work for orchestra, conduct a major orchestra, and have an opera produced by a major opera company. Acclaimed soprano Adrienne Danrich will perform selections from Still’s 'Troubled Island', and pianist Dr. Everett N. Jones III will perform Kaintuck’ with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Many of the concerts are free and all are open to the public.” For more details, visit  [William Grant Still is profiled at]

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