May 11 – Classical Celebrations – Still’s Birthday!

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William Grant Still: Symphony No.1 “Afro American”
William Grant Still, the first African-American composer to have an orchestral work performed by a major American symphony, was born on this day in 1895. He wrote more than 150 pieces in different instrumental and vocal forms, and he drew on classical music, spirituals, opera, folk music and ballet for inspiration. Today, we celebrate this composer, the very picture of American music, on his birthday.

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