Tuesday, March 12, 2019

BhamNow.com: Alabama S.O. in William Grant Still's "Darker America" March 22 & 23

William Grant Still (1895-1978)

Terri Robertson

March 11, 2019

Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” March 22-23, 7PM, at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham.


In addition to Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” the Alabama Symphony Orchestra performance on March 22 and 23 includes pieces by William Grant Still and Antonin Dvorak.


Born in Mississippi in 1895 and raised in Arkansas, Still was the first African-American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra. He was also the first to have his music performed by major orchestras and opera companies.

Still’s “Darker America,” which you can hear Alabama Symphony Orchestra perform live on March 22 and 23, expresses sorrow, hope and prayer.

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Here is a youtube post of the composition https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=zsXe8R-Y13c Thanks, John [John Malveaux]

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