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March 4 - The Music of Florence Beatrice Price – African American History Month Event

Re/Discovering Florence Beatrice Price – March 4
free and open to the public
In honor of African American History Month at RCC


Discover the music of pioneer African-American symphonic composer, Florence Beatrice Price (1887-1953) a musician considered sound-waves ahead of her time. Noted composer Victoria Bond of the New York Philharmonic, the first woman to be awarded a doctorate in orchestral conducting from Juilliard, will play selections of Price’s music and lead a discussion in an open forum with Dr. Shamika Mitchell of RCC.


Monday, March 4
6:30-8:30 pm

Technology Center, Ellipse

Very few musicians are recognized as world class symphonic composers. For a woman of color, born in 1887 in Little Rock, Arkansas, it is a truly exceptional achievement. Florence Beatrice Price was classically trained, enrolling in the New England Conservatory of Music at the age of 14 and graduating with honors in 1907. Her music builds on the European tradition and adds an American flavor, having roots in the South, specifically the music of the black church. 

Moving to Chicago in 1927, she studied with leading musicians of that city and was enrolled at various times at the Chicago Musical College, Chicago Teacher’s College, Chicago University and the American Conservatory of Music, and studied languages and liberal arts subjects as well as music. In 1932, Price’s compositions won awards from the Wanamaker Foundation and the winning composition, Symphony In E Minor, premiered in a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

This event is co-sponsored by RCC’s African-American History Committee, Women’s History Committee, and the Black Student Union.
For more information please contact Dr. Shamika Mitchell 845-574-4162.

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