Sunday, May 17, 2020

Florida International University YouTube concert begins with two important works of William Grant Still, "In Memoriam" and "Afro-American Symphony"

William Grant Still (1895-1978)

Panther performances to watch during the pandemic

May 15, 2020

If you're looking for virtual concerts to ward off cabin fever, look no further.

From Panther vocalists gracing us with the FIU alma mater song during virtual commencement to a concert featuring the FIU Jazz Big Band ensemble and a throwback performance by Grammy award winner and alumnus Tony Succar ’08, MA ’10, FIU offers a treasure trove of stellar performances packed with artists and musicians that will knock your socks off.


In honor of Black History Month, the FIU Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Big Band performed this special concert in February of 2020 at The Wertheim Performing Arts Center on campus.

The concert begins with two important orchestral works by African American composer, William Grant Still. One of these works, "In Memorian," was commissioned during World War II with the goal of honoring African American soldiers who died in the Civil War. The second of these major pieces and Still's most famous work, "Afro-American Symphony," was the first symphony composed by an African American that was performed by a major orchestra.

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