Black History Spotlight: Florence Price

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Florence Price at the Piano University of Arkansas
3min : Black History Spotlight: Florence Price

Florence Beatrice Price was an award-winning pianist and composer who was the first African-American woman to have a composition performed by a major symphony. She pursued music at an early age and later graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1906 with degrees in organ performance and music education.

Price's history-making piece, "Symphony in E Minor," won the 1932 Wanamaker Prize and was played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

For more, listen this episode of the Black History Spotlight Series above and sample the music below.

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Florence Beatrice Smith Price University of Arkansas
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Price's Concerto in One Movement was premiered by pianist Margaret Bonds under the direction of Maestro Ebba Sundstrom with the Women's Symphony Orchestra of Chicago at the 1933-34 World's Fair in Chicago.