An Evening with the Coe College Symphony Orchestra and the Music of William Grant Still

Join us for an evening with the Coe College Symphony Orchestra for a performance of William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama. Each movement is a “classicized” version of an authentic Panamanian folk dance, transcribed and brought to the US by ethnomusicologist Elizabeth Waldo in the first half of the 19th century. The performance will include a brief history of each dance. The Coe College Symphony Orchestra is directed by Michelle Perrin Blair, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Orchestras, Coe College.

William Grant Still was a prolific composer and the first African American to conduct a professional symphony orchestra in the United States.

“Behind the Beat” Presentation

Join us for “Behind the Beat” at the Marion Public Library on Tuesday, July 10th at 7pm. This presentation uses music to explore African American history, from the African beats to the jazz of the Harlem Renaissance to the popular music of the civil rights movement. The influences of traditional African music can be seen in the spirituals sung by African Americans while they worked as slaves, elements of spirituals can be found in the blues, blues led way to jazz and jazz spurred on R&B, rock, hip hop and all forms of modern music.

Tuesday, July 10th at 7pm, Marion Public Library

Free and open to the public

This is part of the African American Museum of Iowa’s Education Programs