Symphony , City Celebrate African American Contributions

New Albany Symphony Orchestra carries the spirit of Black History Month into March when Conductor Luis Biava leads musicians in a swing through the deep south on March 12 at the McCoy Center for the Arts. The performance pays tribute to trailblazing composers, including the legendary Duke Ellington, pianist, composer and orchestra leader; Florence Price, the first African American female composer to have her music performed by a major orchestra; and William Grant Still, the first African American composer to have his symphony performed by a professional orchestra. Throughout February, the New Albany community members donated their time and talents to celebrate African American culture and history.