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USSO to Perform the Afro-American Symphony as Part of Feb. 13 Concert

In celebration of Black History month, the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra will perform William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in  Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall at Washington and Lee University.

Tickets are required and can be purchased at www.lenfest.wlu.edu or the Lenfest Box Office (540) 458-8000.

The concert will feature Cleveland Symphony saxophonist Greg Banaszak performing Dubois’ Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra and Raman’s Aria for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra. The “Romantic” Symphony of Howard Hanson, a champion of William Grant Still’s music, will round out the program.

The public also is invited to a master class taught by Banaszak on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

Banaszak was recently appointed to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences as a voting member for the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. He is on the faculty of the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University.