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

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

Program

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

Artists

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

About This Performance

PART OF WILLIAM GRANT STILL & THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

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.

Presented in partnership with the California African American Museum

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