SBSO: Music to Celebrate February 4, 2023 8pm

February 4, 2023 8pm









Music To Celebrate! A Tribute To Black Composers
Over the last century, some Black composers have found their place in European-based classical music, while others have been at the forefront of creating distinctively Black styles of American music such as blues, jazz, and Motown. Tonight’s program honors composers from all these traditions.

Julia Perry’s Short Piece for Orchestra (1943) is full of exciting musical contrasts. Orchestral arrangements of popular standards follow, 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.



Sharrie Williams will be joining our orchestra on stage for Music to Celebrate: A Tribute to Black Composers!

Sharrie has written and produced four exceptional CDs to date. She was nominated three times by the Blues Foundation for Traditional Female Artist and Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year. She won JAZZed Magazine’s World Music Artist of the Year. Her concerts span the world from Europe to the Middle East, from Africa to the USA.
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