THE DEAN OF ALL AFRO-AMERICAN COMPOSERS

Re-posted from the publication Chicago Defender. What is the Chicago Defender?

“The Chicago Defender is a Chicago-based weekly newspaper founded in 1905 by Robert S. Abbott for primarily African-American readers,” writes Wikipedia.

“In 1919–1922 the Defender attracted the writing talents of Langston Hughes. Later, Gwendolyn Brooks and Willard Motley wrote for it. It was published as The Chicago Daily Defender, a daily newspaper, from 1956 to 2003, when it returned to a weekly format.”

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THE DEAN OF ALL AFRO-AMERICAN COMPOSERS

William Grant Still with his sheet music William Grant Still with his sheet music

GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS
HOLLYWOOD BOWL CONDUCTOR THOMAS WILKINS
LEADING “THE SUNDAY SYMPHONY”
BY WILLIAM GRANT STILL,

“THE DEAN OF ALL AFRO-AMERICAN COMPOSERS

The 81st annual Grant Park Music Festival continues July 29 with guest conductor Thomas Wilkins – music director of the Omaha Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra – leading the Grant Park Orchestra. The program includes Jerry Goldsmith’s eight-minute Fireworks, Dvorák’s beautiful, large-scale “Symphony No. 6,” and “The Sunday Symphony” by William Grant Still, “the Dean of all Afro-American Composers.” Performance is Wednesday, July 29, 6:30pm in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.

The caveat is that one hour before the concert, CSO’s Sounds and Stories contributor Laura Sauer hosts a free Club 615 pre-concert lecture with Mr. Wilkins on Wednesday, July 29, 5:30pm in Millennium…

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