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The New York Phil performs the music of William Grant Still in March 2022.

black and white photo of composer William Grant Still conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1965 in a piece titled Old California
William Grant Still conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in a piece titled Old California that he wrote for the city of Los Angeles' Birthday Concert on Sept. 8, 1965. All photos courtesy of Judith Anne Still.

Judith Anne Still has devoted herself to rescuing the forgotten legacy of her composer father, William Grant Still.

Born in Woodville, MS in 1895, William Grant Still blazed a trail through the American musical landscape for half a century, composing more than 150 classical works, including symphonies, ballets and operas. But when he died, his daughter Judith said, "it was as if his music — his entire reason for living — had died with him." We'll hear his composition Old California on the March 27th broadcast of the New York Phil @ 3pm.

3/6 Copland: Clarinet Concerto Barber: Violin Concerto Bolcom: Trombone Concerto Adolphe: Unearth, Release! Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 2 (Anthony McGill, cl; Frank Huang, v; Joseph Alessi, tn; Cynthia Phelps, vla; Robert Langevin, f; Jaap van Zweden, Juraj Valcuha, Alan Gilbert and Bernard Labadie, cond) 3/13 Haydn: Symphony No. 95 Martinů: Incantation, Piano Concerto No. 4 Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 (Garrick Ohlsson, p; Xian Zhang, cond)

3/20 Adams: The Wound-Dresser Brahms: Tragic Overture, Symphony No. 1 (Matthias Goerne, bar; Jaap van Zweden, cond)

3/27 Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 William Grant Still: Old California Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathetique (Philippe Entremont, p; Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Monteux and Alan Gilbert, cond)