Young People’s Concerts: Celebrating Black Composers

In 1930, American composer William Grant Still wrote an “Afro-American” Symphony in which he cleverly incorporated the sounds of spirituals and the blues into symphonic music.  While many composers of African descent found success integrating the sounds of their heritage into their classical works, others developed a distinct voice all their own.  Join us as we celebrate DreamWeek with a program uniquely dedicated to Black composers who have made tremendous contributions to classical symphonic music despite significant obstacles.

January 19-20, 2022, 9:45 and 11:10 am performances
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

^January 21, 2022, 9:45 and 11:10 am performances
^Judson ISD Performing Arts Center, Converse, TX

^January 25, 2022, 9:45 and 11:10 am performances
^The Patterson Performing Arts Center, East Central High School

Cross-Curricular Theme: Social Studies
Troy Peters, conductor | Dr. Nicole Cherry, narrator
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, presenting partner

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Please visit our Teachers’ Lounge for available teaching materials related to this program.

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, capacity limits and other details related to the program and performances are subject to change.  For questions, please contact Jeremy Brimhall at (210) 554-1006 or

^Currently available only to schools of the corresponded school district.

Portrait of William Grant Still by Carl Van Vechten

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