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Only in February do black classical-music composers get some measure of recognition. But there were prominent black composers as far back as 1777, when Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, one of the originators of the string quartet and frequent performer at Versailles, was a favorite of Marie Antoinette. Raymond Jackson, a pianist trained at Juilliard and the New England Conservatory of Music (where he was classmates with Coretta Scott King), is now a professor of music at Howard University. He will perform works by Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, known best for Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, and Americans Frederick Elliot Lewis and William Grant Still, whose 1930 Afro-American Symphony is still one of the most famous classical works by a black composer. Works by Beethoven and Chopin are also on the program, part of Strathmore’s “Celebration of the Piano: from Bach to Boogie-Woogie” concert series.
JACKSON PERFORMS TUESDAY, FEB. 10, AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE MANSION AT STRATHMORE, 10701 ROCKVILLE PIKE, NORTH BETHESDA. $25. (301) 581-5100.