William Grant Still: Summerland – Zina Schiff; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Avlana Eisenberg

May 30, 2022, 9:00 am

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William Grant Still wrote nearly 200 works including nine operas and five symphonies. Still’s many awards included three Guggenheim Fellowships and eight honorary doctorates. His work combines classical forms with jazz and blues idioms and was inspired by the rich tradition of African American spirituals. Still hoped that his music would serve a larger purpose of interracial understanding, and this joyous, moving, and hauntingly beautiful program is infused with Still’s love of God, country, and heritage.