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February 29, 2004 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
The spirit of William Grant Still looms large at the arts center that bears his name in the Crenshaw district. Baton in hand, the pioneering composer and conductor is the focal point of an elaborate mural that covers an entire side of the 1929 firehouse that was dedicated as a community center in 1977. And if Joyce Maddox, the center's new director, has anything to do with it, the place will be following in Still's musical footsteps.
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February 29, 2004 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
The spirit of William Grant Still looms large at the arts center that bears his name in the Crenshaw district. Baton in hand, the pioneering composer and conductor is the focal point of an elaborate mural that covers an entire side of the 1929 firehouse that was dedicated as a community center in 1977. And if Joyce Maddox, the center's new director, has anything to do with it, the place will be following in Still's musical footsteps.
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November 29, 1995 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Contributions by black Americans to popular music and culture are well known; contributions to classical and band music are less so. But "a lot of great American band music was written by African Americans," says Alfred Lang, the director of instrumental music at UC Irvine. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of African American composer William Grant Still, which Lang will observe by conducting the UCI Wind Ensemble tonight in works by Still, Julian Work, Adolphus C.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1996 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1986 | CHRIS PASLES
Certain works were obvious to Saddleback Symphony conductor Barry Silverman when he began putting together a spring concert program of "accessible" American music: Saturday night's concert at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo will include: --A little Copland ("An Outdoor Overture" and parts of "Appalachian Spring" and "El Salon Mexico"). --A little Bernstein (dances from "West Side Story"). --A major work by William Grant Still (the "Afro-American" Symphony).
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September 1, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles covers classical music and dance for The Times Orange County Edition
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1996 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 20, 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. The show will run in conjunction with school tours, holiday bazaars, doll-making workshops and other special activities and events.
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June 19, 1994 | SANDRA HERNANDEZ
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1995 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Contributions by black Americans to popular music and culture are well known; contributions to classical and band music are less so. But "a lot of great American band music was written by African Americans," says Alfred Lang, the director of instrumental music at UC Irvine. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of African American composer William Grant Still, which Lang will observe by conducting the UCI Wind Ensemble tonight in works by Still, Julian Work, Adolphus C.
NEWS
September 1, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles covers classical music and dance for The Times Orange County Edition
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1986 | CHRIS PASLES
Certain works were obvious to Saddleback Symphony conductor Barry Silverman when he began putting together a spring concert program of "accessible" American music: Saturday night's concert at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo will include: --A little Copland ("An Outdoor Overture" and parts of "Appalachian Spring" and "El Salon Mexico"). --A little Bernstein (dances from "West Side Story"). --A major work by William Grant Still (the "Afro-American" Symphony).
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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