Mr. Craig performed the role of “Narrator” in William Grant Still’s And They Lynched Him on a Tree on the From Song Came Symphony: Charting the Influence of Harry T. Burleigh Concert. Read his thoughts on the piece below.
On Still’s And They Lynched Him on a Tree
Here I stand with my late mentor and musical father, Dr. William C. Warfield, with whom I lived and studied from the age of 16 to 27. Having developed my talent from seed state, he lovingly referred to me as, "My only blade of grass." I want the audience to know that we owe a great debt to William Grant Still for his courage, foresight and musical genius in so skillfully documenting this segment of American history. In the course of my living and studying with Warfield, he said, "If we don't make it our business to both program and perform music by African American composers, who else will!"