Monday, May 25, 2009

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Programs William Grant Still's 'Suite From The American Scene'

[Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still; Denver Oldham, piano; Koch 3 7084 2H1 (1991); The American Scene; Manhattan Chamber Orchestra; Margaret Astrup, soprano; Richard Auldon Clark, conductor; Newport Classic NCCD 85596 (1995)]

The Tribune-Democrat
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Published: May 22, 2009 01:32 pm
“For the 81st year, members of Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will provide a place for music lovers. 'Your Destination for Live Music' is the title of the 2009-10 season for the orchestra. Maestro Istvan Jaray, the symphony’s music director, said the idea came about to encourage the audience to listen to live music above recordings.” “The final concert of the season will bring some 'American Fireworks' to the stage with compositions by American composers, which were written about American events and scenes. Music will feature 'Strike Up the Band Overture' by Gershwin; 'West Side Story Suite' by Leonard Bernstein; 'Old American Songs' by Aaron Copland; and 'Suite From the American Scene' by William Grant Still. Johnstown Symphony Chorus will sing selections from Gershwin’s 'Porgy and Bess.'” [Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, Professor of Music, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, has compiled a complete Works List for William Grant Still (1895-1978) which is found at]

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