Mississippi Arts Commission honors William Grant Still

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