Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sacramento Philharmonic To Play William Grant Still's 'Suite for Violin and Orchestra' in 2010

[Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still; Denver Oldham, piano; Koch 3 7084 2H1 (1991)]
By Edward Ortiz
Published: Sunday, Apr. 26, 2009 - 12:00 am | Page 10
“The last concert of the season, scheduled for May 2010, offers violinist Rachel Barton Pine performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 and a work by the 20th century African American composer William Grant Still, a suite for violin and orchestra. The appearance of Barton Pine, an incandescent violinist and one-time prodigy who rebuilt her career as a soloist after a horrible train accident, comes by way of Morgan's conducting at a Civic Orchestra of Chicago concert. Morgan said Barton Pine made a lasting impression on him during the 1983 concert when she was a 12-year-old violinist in the orchestra's string section. That concert, like the orchestra's May 2010 concert, was devoted largely to African American composers, said Morgan. 'She will be a great gift to the community when she's here,' said Morgan. 'She does a lot of music by black composers, and when I asked her what piece she wanted to do with us, her suggestion was the Still piece.'"    Full Post 

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