William Grant Still (1895-1978)

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Fun Facts

  • Still was the first African-American composer to have a symphony performed by a major United States orchestra.
  • He was also the first African-American to conduct a major United States orchestra.
  • Still’s nickname is the “Dean of African-American Classical Composers.”

Get to know Still in this video by Columbus Symphony Violinist David Edge!

Upcoming Columbus Symphony Concerts Featuring Still’s Music

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