Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: William Grant Still

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Studio portrait of composer and conductor William Grant Still (1895 - 1978), the first African-American conductor of a major orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1936. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In 1948, American composer William Grant Still was inspired by some poems about the natural beauty of the American South. On Wednesday's Performance Today, take a break with us and hear Houston's River Oaks Chamber Orchestra play "Wood Notes," William Grant Still's work of quiet musical contemplation.