A Tribute toFlorence Price
The J. William 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 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.
"The Caged Bird" Documentary and Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 15
Giffels Auditorium, Old Main, University of Arkansas campus
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Dr. James Greeson, Documentarian, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas
Dr. Charles Carson, Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Alisha Lola Jones, Assistant Professor
Dr. Barbara Jackson, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas
Dr. Doug Shadle, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
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.RSVP Now