Sunday, November 24, 2013 Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Performs Symphony No. 2, 'Song of a New Race' of William Grant Still, 7:30 PM Mon. Nov. 25, 2013

William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,  Symphony No. 2 in G Minor (Song of a New Race) (1937) was recorded most recently by the Fort Smith Symphony, conducted by John Jeter, on Naxos 8.559676 (2011).  Neeme Järvi led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the premiere recording of Symphony No. 2 on Chandos 9226 (1993).

November 23, 2013

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra presents an All-American Concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Davis Theatre, 251 Montgomery St. Conductor Thomas Hinds will lead the orchestra in a collection of works by four great American composers: Aaron Copland, William Grant Still, George Gershwin, and John Williams (of “Star Wars” fame). General admission tickets range from $14.50-$30, and student tickets are $12.

The concert will be bookended by music from the movies, with a short movement of Copland’s music from “The Red Pony” and closing with John Williams’ music from “The Cowboys,” one of John Wayne’s last movies. In between, the orchestra will play William Grant Still’s Second Symphony. Call 240-4004, or visit

Comments by email:

1. Thanks Bill.  Glad to see the work being performed!!!!  John [John Jeter, Music Director, Fort Smith Symphony]

2. We are currently experiencing the greatest migration of African Americans back to the South in the history of our nation. This may be related to the number of performances that include cmpositions by composers of African descent.  John Malveaux,

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