The Baton Rouge Symphony’s Masterworks IV concert, “American Festival: Gershwin, Still, Paulus,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St.

The concert will feature trumpeters Rex Richardson and Brian Shaw in contemporary composer Stephen Paulus’ “Concerto for Two Trumpets.” Shaw is the orchestra’s principal trumpet.

In this concert, the symphony celebrates African American History Month in recognition of more than 100 years of contributions to the American song book, featuring William Grant Still’s symphonic masterpiece, “Symphony No. 1 ‘Afro-American,’ ” alongside 20th-century works incorporating jazz and classical styles in George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Paulus’ concerto.

Symphony Conductor and Music Director Timothy Muffitt will speak about the music in a “Concert Conversation” at 6:30 p.m. in the theater lobby.

The lecture is included in the ticket price, as are the local chamber groups providing lobby entertainment prior to the concert.

Tickets are $25-$59 and can be purchased by calling (225) 383-0500 or visiting