February 4th
SBSO Music to Celebrate, A Tribute to Black Composers

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An evening to honor composers from European-based classical music, and others who have been creating distinctively Black styles of American Music such as blues, jazz and Motown.


Julia Perry's Short Piece for Orchestra (1943) is full of musical contrasts. Arrangements of popular standards, one group by Duke Ellington, another by Louis Armstrong, and a final set of Motown songs.


The main feature is William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony (1930), in which the composer merged a formal symphonic structure with the rhythms and idioms of blues and jazz.

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