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

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


  • ELLINGTON : “Come Sunday” from Black, Brown and Beige
  • GERSHWIN : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Intermission
  • ELLINGTON : Harlem
  • STILL : Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American”


  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Thomas Wilkins conductor
  • Charlotte Blake Alston narrator
  • Aaron Diehl piano

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.

Pre-Concert Talk: Upbeat Live
With Speaker to be announced – 7pm
Enhance your concert experience with a pre-concert talk starting at 7pm. Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned.

Presented in partnership with the California African American Museum

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