A Tribute to Florence Price

The Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate Black History Month with Arkansas native and barrier breaking composer, Florence B. Price.

Join us for three events in the month of February to commemorate the life and legacy of Florence Price.


About Florence Price

Florence Price

Florence Price was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1888 and began her musical training at an early age. She saw her first composition in print in 1899 at age 11. In 1903, she graduated Valedictorian from Capitol High School in Little Rock, after which she studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a diploma in organ as a soloist and piano as a teacher. In 1906, she returned to Little Rock, teaching at Shorter College. Due to the deteriorating racial climate in Little Rock, Price moved to Chicago in 1927, where she furthered her musical studies and began composing her works of note, winning first place in the Rodman Wanamaker Music Contest in 1932 for her groundbreaking Symphony in E Minor. It was premiered in 1933 by Frederick Stock and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, making history as the first work by a black woman to be performed by a major symphony orchestra in the United States. Price died in Chicago in 1953.


Event Schedule

"The Caged Bird" Documentary and Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 15

5:30 p.m.
Giffels Auditorium, Old Main, University of Arkansas campus

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Dr. James Greeson
Dr. James Greeson, Documentarian, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas

Dr. Charles Carson
Dr. Charles Carson, Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Alisha Jola Jones
Dr. Alisha Lola Jones, Assistant Professor
Indiana University

Dr. Barbara Jackson
Dr. Barbara Jackson, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas

Dr. Doug Shadle
Dr. Doug Shadle, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Kim Teal
Dr. Kim Teal, Moderator and Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Luncheon - Florence Price: Her Life, her Music, Her Impact

Friday, February 16

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Mullins Library Reading Room, University of Arkansas campus

Admission is FREE, but seating is limited. RSVP by February 9.

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Violin Concerto No. 2 - Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, 
featuring Dr. Er-Gene Kahng and the U of A Inspiration Chorale

Saturday, February 17

Pre-concert Talk at 6:30 p.m.
Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Arend Art Center, Bentonville, Arkansas

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Dr. Er-Gene Kahng
Dr. Er-Gene Kahng, Associate Professor, University of Arkansas

Dr. Jeffrey Murdock
Dr. Jeffrey Murdock, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, Director, Inspirational Chorale

Steven Byess
Steven Byess, Music Director/Conductor, Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

Inspirational Chorale
Inspirational Chorale

Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra
Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra