A Legacy of the African American Classical Spirit
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A recording offering perspective on African American's contribution to classical orchestral music.

Composer/conductor Julius P. Williams leads the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in a recording of works by Black composers. In addition to Williams' compositions, there are works by the Dean of African-American composers, William Grant Still, Augustus O. Hill, and a work by Edmund Thornton Jenkins restored and arranged by his nephew Tuffus Zimbabwe. Julius P. Williams was named one of Musical America's Top 30 Professionals of the Year in 2022. His career has taken him to musical venues around the globe and he has been involved in virtually every musical genre. He is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and was composer-in-residence with the Boston Symphony. His music has been performed by countless symphony orchestras including the New York Philharmonic. Cleveland Orchestra, and Detroit Symphony, to name but a few. His recordings appear on the Albany, Centaur, Videmus, and Naxos labels.
Contents:
Julius P. Williams, composer
Song Cycle for Baritone & Orchestra
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; Julius P. Williams (conductor); Daniel Washington (baritone)

William Grant Still, composer
Plain Chant for America
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; Julius P. Williams (conductor)

Julius P. Williams, composer
Fantasy in G for Violin & Chamber Orchestra
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; Julius P. Williams (conductor); Petr Zdvihal (violin)

Edmund Thornton Jenkins, composer; arr. Zimbabwe
Rhapsodic Overture
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; Julius P. Williams (conductor)

William Grant Still, composer
The Path of Glory
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; Julius P. Williams (conductor)

Augustus O. Hill composer
Still With Thee
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; Julius P. Williams (conductor)

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