An Evening of William Grant Still

An Evening of William Grant Still

Music by W. G. Still

“Still's voice may be more relevant today than ever before.”


The Still of the evening.

Shattering color barriers in classical music with a string of firsts, William Grant Still became known as the “Dean of African American Composers.”

First, a deathbed promise fuels an emotional explosion at a small-town gas station on the seemingly tranquil Highway 1 in this intimate opera about human thresholds.

Then, ballet meets home life in times of quarantine, capturing the surreal state of a global pandemic.

Created to music from Still’s Afro-American Symphony, this finalized version of Jacobs’ 2020 Fall Ballet includes the third section of Sasha Janes’ work, as dancers are once again allowed freedom of movement.

In English with English supertitles.

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Creative Team

Conductor: Arthur Fagen
Critically celebrated Atlanta Opera music director and Jacobs School faculty member

Director: Kimille Howard
Up-and-coming assistant stage director at the Met and resident director at NYC’s Flea Theater

Choreographer: Sasha Janes
Innovative Jacobs faculty member and “a choreographer to watch” 
(Washington Post)

Set Designer: C. David Higgins
Esteemed former chair of Jacobs Opera Studies whose designs have been seen around the globe

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