September 1, 1994 |
You might think that a group named after the dean of black American classical composers would restrict its repertory. But the William Grant Still Chorale has other ideas. "Our focus is on Afro-American music or on music that doesn't have a voice on major concerts," says Paul A. Smith, music director of the Los Angeles-based chorale. "But certainly we do not do that exclusively. We sing Bach and Brahms and other composers of the Western tradition. We expand and grow."
April 25, 1996 |
In a sense, it will be a cultural homecoming when the "Musics Alive!" series concludes its third season Sunday with "Africa-America Alive!" Other concerts in the series--sponsored by the New West Symphony--have dealt with music from cultures beyond U.S. borders and how it influences contemporary Western music. However, in this program at Ventura City Hall--which features the Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble and Mystique D'Afrique--the subject is an inherent part of the American musical grain.
May 22, 1994
The Watts Towers and the William Grant Still Arts Center are offering free comic book art classes for youths. The classes will focus on drawing, design, storytelling and marketing those skills for 7- to 15-year-olds. Watts Towers Art Center information: (213) 847-4646; William Grant Still Art Center information: (213) 734-1164.
November 24, 1994
Doll makers, doll exhibitors and collectors are wanted for the 14th annual Black Doll Exhibit, presented by the William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 W. View St. Established as a tradition by Friends of William Grant Still, the exhibit brings together a wide range of dolls with historical and artistic value. This year's exhibit, "Doll as Companion, Image and Treasure," will examine the black doll as toy, spirit guide and collectible through various periods in history.
March 11, 1997
Sisters of Jazz Inc., a nonprofit organization, celebrates Women's Month with an afternoon of jazz Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 W. View St., Los Angeles. The Nedra Wheeler Group and the Sweet Angel Band will perform. A jam session open to all musicians and vocalists will follow. Admission and food are free. Proceeds from beverage sales will benefit the Sisters of Jazz Emergency Fund. Information: (213) 294-9336.
June 19, 1994 |
The music and stories of the black experience are among the highlights of this year's Juneteenth celebration today at the William Grant Still Community Arts Center. Performances will include a broad spectrum of sounds ranging from early spirituals, gospel, classical music and the works of contemporary African American composers, including William Grant Still.