The—Santa Monica Symphony—will be joined by noted broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13th at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.

The—free event includes an—“All-American” program with the Ives-Schuman “Variations on ‘America’” William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1 (“Afro-American”), and Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid” Suite, and “Lincoln Portrait.”

Smiley, a singer who has performed with his childhood church choir and the current host of—Tavis Smiley—on PBS and—The Tavis Smiley Show, will take on a new role as narrator in Copland’s celebrated “Lincoln Portrait.”

Copland wrote “Lincoln Portrait” in 1942 as part of the World War II patriotic war effort.—In the piece, excerpts from Lincoln’s speeches are narrated, including the Gettysburg Address.

The concert, conducted by—Music Director Allen—Robert Gross,—also features two American compositions of the—20th century, Copland’s “Billy the Kid” and Still’s “Afro-American Symphony.” The evening begins with Ives’ “Variations on—America.”

Since 2004, Smiley has hosted the first television show in the history of PBS to broadcast from the West Coast, and he was the first African American to host his own signature talk show for National Public Radio, a show spokesperson said. With his late-night PBS television talk show and his radio show, Smiley is the first American ever to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio, the spokesperson said.

All Santa Monica Symphony concerts are free. Parking at the Civic Auditorium is $8 per car.

Information, (310) 395-6330 or www.smsymphony.org/.

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