William Grant Still

Click on the above video to view a recital of the William Grant Still composition “Here’s One”; performed by: Rachel Barton Pine and Mathew Hagle

The following are a few fun facts and tidbits in honor of the upcoming William Grant Still Exhibit scheduled for Nov. 17-Dec. 17 here at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.


2009: Sixty years since the premiere of the first major African American opera, Still’s Troubled Island.

2011: Seventy-five years since Still was the first African American to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States.

The William Grant Still Tribute Conference is scheduled for November 19-22, 2009 in Natchez, Mississippi. The theme is “Music and the Arts: Still Our Only Future” and the mission of the Conference is to bring forth a resurgence of music and the arts in our communities as well as to pay tribute to American classical composer, William Grant Still (1895-1978). For more information about the conference go to the following website: www.williamgrantstill.com/conferencemission

Those interested in presenting a scholarly paper or lecture-recital during the Conference are encouraged to email wgsmusic@bigplanet.com or fax questions to (928) 526-0321.

The Local History Room mailed a postcard to the U.S. Postmaster to encourage the creation and issuance of a postage stamp in honor of William Grant Still. All of those interested in doing the same please write to:

Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee

Stamp Development


1735 North Lynn Street

Room 5013

Arlington, VA 22209-6432

Published in: on November 10, 2008 at 7:49 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Congratulations on honoring an anniversary and a conference related to William Grant Still (1895-1978), a great composer born in Woodville, Mississippi! I would like to point out, however, that the William Grant Still Tribute Conference will take place in Natchez, Mississippi from November 19-22, 2009.

  2. Thank you Mr. Zick for your comment and for noticing the needed correction!! Wish you could make it to Columbus to see the exhibit!


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