Dr. Still’s Birthday Concert
Saturday, May 10 from 2-4pm
A performance by Mark Broyard (vocals) and Aeros Pierce (piano) will cover the groundbreaking, rarely-performed music and arrangements of classical composer Dr. William Grant Still.
The moving “I Dream a World” excerpted from Dr. Still’s opera Troubled Island, with words by Langston Hughes, will open the concert. Three “art song” selections from Dr. Still’s Songs of Separation song cycle including “Parted” (words by Paul Laurence Dunbar) and “If You Should Go” (words by Countee Cullen), as well as other compositions, will be performed. Special guest Daniel Corral will join on accordion for Still’s innovatively reworked arrangement of the spiritual “Here’s One.”
Known as the “Dean of African American Composers,” Dr. William Grant Still wrote over 150 credited compositions and broke new ground in music. In 1936, he was the first African American to conduct a major orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He was awarded 2 Guggenheim fellowships for his work, and in 1939 wrote, with Langston Hughes, Troubled Island. Dr. Still passed away living in the West Adams neighborhood in 1978.
Birthday cake will also be served!