AAN Preconcert Event: A Celebration Of Composer William Grant Still

Jan 12

5:00 PM

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Join the CSO AAN for a lecture celebrating composer and conductor William Grant Still, who is widely considered the “Dean of African American composers.” A prolific composer of operas, ballets, symphonies and other works, Still also was the first African American to conduct a professional symphony orchestra in the United States. CSO AAN Director of Community Stewardship Sheila Jones and Columbia College Chicago professor Stan West will share a multimedia presentation about this immensely important composer’s life and music.

Tickets: free, but required.

Stay for the evening’s CSO concert to hear Still’s In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy and Elgar’s Enigma Variations! Use promo code RSVP for $35 concert tickets.

When the prolific African-American composer William Grant Still died at age 83 in 1978, he was little known outside specialized circles, and his music — little performed. Determined to remedy that injustice, his daughter, Judith Grant Still, began a campaign to bolster father’s legacy. But it hasn’t been easy. Not long ago, in fact, she almost gave up. “We’ve had so much trouble,” she said. “So one night, I told God I was done. I didn’t want to do this anymore." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories