The state Arts Commission is honoring
Mississippi-born composer William Grant Still with concerts this
"A Celebration of Mississippi's American Master Composer" is
being held tonight (Friday) at the Mississippi State University
Riley Center in Meridian.
The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting another
concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bennett Auditorium in Hattiesburg.
The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is performing Still's works
with college choirs from around the state.
Still is known for his prolific contributions that ranged from
ballets and symphonies to chamber music and operas.
He was born in Woodville in 1895 and is considered the dean of
African-American classical composers. He died in 1978.
The Mississippi Arts Commission has already had three concerts
across the state to honor Still. Funding came from the National
Endowment for the Arts as part of its American Masterpieces
On the Web:
Mississippi State University's Riley Center:
The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra:
Mississippi Arts Commission: www.arts.state.ms.us