Jefferson Symphony: Winter Concert

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As a tribute to the composer, JSO programs two works by William Grant Still during Black History Month, annually observed in February. Known as "the Dean" of African-American composers, William Grant Still was also a major cultural contributor to the Harlem Renaissance. JSO peforms Still's Second Symphony and includes artist Don Hilsberg as soloist in the "Ennanga" Concerto for harp and orchestra. Carl Nielsen's "Helios Overture" contributes an elegant showpiece to the repertoire list and offers the audience a musical setting of Greek god Helios and his chariot of the sun and sky. Alberto Ginestera, often inspired by his Argentine landscape and folk-culture, wrote "Estancia" to idealize gaucho life on grassy plains.