Monday, September 13, 2010

Quintet of the Americas in William Grant Still's 'Folk Suite No. 4' and 2 of his 'Miniatures' on Staten Island Sept. 19

[Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still; Denver Oldham, piano; Koch 3 7084 2H1 (1991)]

Three works of William Grant Still are among the dance pieces for winds to be performed by the Quintet of the Americas at Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church at 3:30 PM Sunday, September 19, 2010:
Aires Tropicales - dance music from around the world
at Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church
on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 3:30 PM

“This upbeat concert, in celebration of Latin American History Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15), will feature lively and vibrant arrangements, for winds, of dance music from The Americas, Europe and the Tropics, including tangos by Ástor Piazolla, Stuart Balcomb (first performance), Leonard Bernstein, Paquito D’Rivera, William Grant Still, also Judah Adashi’s new Songs and Dances of Macondo and Carl Maultsby’s Rockin in Jerusalem.

“Quintet of the Americas, consisting of flutist Sato Moughalian, oboist Matt Sullivan, clarinetist Nicholas Gallas, hornist Barbara Oldham and bassoonist Maureen Strenge, was formed in Bogota, Colombia in 1976 by U.S. citizens who were principal wind players in the Colombian National Orchestra. The group relocated to New York City in 1979 and has since enjoyed an international career that has taken them to concert halls throughout the Americas, the Caribbean and Asia, including annual performances at Manhattan’s Americas Society since 1982.
To learn more about the quintet, visit their website:

People's World,, adds detail to the description of works by William Grant Still: “William Grant Still's Folk Suite No 4 and Adolorido and Yaravi from Miniatures.” [William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, where a complete Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma is found.]

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