Commonly known as "The Dean" of African American composers, William Grant Still (1895-1978) was one of the foremost composers of his time. He was the first African American to conduct a major American Symphony orchestra and the first to have an opera performed by a major company and nationally televised. His very first symphony was the first composed by an African American to be performed by a leading orchestra.
In honor of Black History Month the music department will host Judith Anne Still, William's daughter to present a lecture on this accomplished musician's life, career, and legacy. Judith will display slides of rare photography of her father's contributions to the Blues, early radio, his involvement with other Afro-Americans and noted musicians, as well as his groundbreaking work as a composer and conductor.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to glance into the life of such a legendary musician and celebrate his accomplishments. This joint event will include a recital to follow Judith's lecture and presentation. Join us in the Foster building, room 100 on Friday, February 17th at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on William Grant Still visit this website (http://williamgrantstill.com/) where you can also purchase his collections and sheet music.