Saturday, December 27, 2008

Works of Adolphus Hailstork & William Grant Still Heard at Santa Monica Symphony MLK Concert

[Top: William Grant Still (Photo is the sole property of William Grant Still Music, and is used with permission.) Bottom: Adolphus C. Hailstork]

The Santa Monica Symphony's annual program in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will include Adolphus Hailstork's First Symphony and William Grant Still's Panamanian Dances:
Date: January 18, 2009 Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM; Doors open at 3:PM Location: SGI Auditorium: Free Parking at 1212 7th St. (just south of Wilshire) Address: 525 Wilshire Blvd , Santa Monica Cross Streets: Wilshire Blvd. / 6th Street Phone: (310) 395-6330 Admission: Free Kid Friendly: School age children are welcome and get to meet the conductor and have their programs signed after the concert. Accessibility: Wheel Chair Access, Website:

Description: Each year the Santa Monica Symphony dedicates its January concert to Martin Luther King and includes music by great African-American composers. This year the orchestra will play Adolphus Hailstork’s powerful First Symphony and William Grant Still’s lively ’Panamanian Dances’. The program also features gold medal winning Filipino-American pianist Jovanni-Rey de Pedro playing the very popular Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto. This concert is given in association with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition. This one concert each year is not in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and it is advised to arrive early at the SGI Auditorium to be sure of a seat. [Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork (b. 1941) and William Grant Still (1895-1978) are among the 52 composers and musicians of African descent who are profiled at A comprehensive Works List for William Grant Still has been compiled by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, along with a Bibliography on the composer. Both have been made available to the William Grant Still page at]

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