Still and Brahms rehearsal with Seong-Jin Cho
Tanglewood (297 West St., Lenox, MA 01240, Lenox MA)
William Grant Still — In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy
Johannes Brahms — Piano Concerto No. 2
Working in the middle of the 20th century, William Grant Still was a pioneer in using music of his African American heritage in works ranging from piano miniatures to opera. He wrote In Memoriam in 1943 after reading an announcement “that the first American soldier killed in World War II was a Negro soldier.”
His somber piece honored the patriotism of all soldiers of color that served in the Allied armies. Soprano Latonia Moore sings American composer George Walker’s Lilacs, a setting of Walt Whitman’s ode to Abraham Lincoln. Commissioned by the BSO and premiered under Seiji Ozawa in February 1996, Lilacs went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Young superstar Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho performs as soloist in Johannes Brahms’ virtuosic and profound Piano Concerto No. 2 to complete the program.
This is a rehearsal for the Sunday afternoon concert.