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William Grant Still & the Harlem Renaissance: Symphony No. 1

The dean of African-American composers wows with classical form shaped by rhythm and blues.

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About this Performance


Dean of African-American composers, William Grant Still is the composer most associated with the Harlem Renaissance. His First Symphony combines classical form with the blues progressions and rhythms of popular African-American music.

The 100 for the 100th: Be Our Guest program provides community members with 100 free tickets to 100 concerts throughout the Centennial season. Tickets for tonight’s concert were generously underwritten by Terri and Jerry Kohl.

Enhance Your Experience
Upbeat Live, speaker to be announced – 7pm
Before the concert, some of the sharpest musical minds around – including members of the LA Phil – guide you through the evening’s music, complete with a Q&A session for any lingering questions. This free event is held in BP Hall, accessible after your ticket is scanned.

Events Around Town
FEB 13 • Black Composers Songversation

At the California African American Museum
Enjoy a night of live music and conversation as pianist Aaron Diehl and Ami Motevali, director of the William Grant Still Arts Center, discuss the contribution of Still and other black composers. 

MAR 16-JUNE 8 • Music is Art, Music is Philosophy, Music is History: The Legacy of Dr. William Grant Still
At the William Grant Still Arts Center
The 11th Annual African American Composers Exhibition and Free Music Education Program

Presented in partnership with the California African American Museum and The William Grant Still Art Center

Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.