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Celebrating The Works of African American Composer Florence Price

November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Cincinnati Music Hall

African American Composer Florence Price
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Photo credit: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Come celebrate the most prominent works of African American classical composer, Florence Price.


The Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents an evening devoted to the life and work of Florence Price, the pioneering female African-American classical composer. Expert in music history, Kori Hill will be the guest speaker. Violinist, Maxwell Fairman will be performing as well accompanies by a piano. Registration to see the works of African American Composer Florence Price, is FREE!


Yes, this event is FREE and open to the public, but registration required. It will be held at the Wilks Studio inside Music Hall.
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The event includes:
– A performance of Florence Price’s Deserted Garden by talented student musicians Maxwell Fairman (violin) and Amiri West (piano).
– A special showing of the documentary Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence Price.
A presentation of research on Florence Price from Kori Hill, doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former member of CSO Nouveau Chamber Players.


Where should I park at Music Hall?
There are over 2,500 parking spots within four blocks of Music Hall. The closest parking is in the Washington Park Garage on Elm Street (which may be reserved in advance, see “Guaranteed Parking” below), the Music Hall surface lot on Elm Street (which is at least partially reserved for donors of the CSO), and the Town Center (CET) Garage on Central Parkway behind Music Hall. There are many other lots and garages within walking distance to Music Hall—see map below.


Below is a video of performing violinist, Maxwell Fairman. 

Who is guest speaker Kori Hill?
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Kori Hill holds a M.M. in music history and music performance from West Virginia University and a B.M. in music performance from Miami University. Kori’s research interests include 19th – 20th c. Western classical music, the history of the violin/fiddle in African and African diasporic communities, and classical music education and patronage in black American communities in the United States.


Who is African American composer Florence Price?
Florence Beatrice (Smith) Price became the first black female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra when Music Director Frederick Stock and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played the world premiere of her Symphony No. 1 in E minor on June 15, 1933, on one of four concerts presented at The Auditorium Theatre from June 14 through June 17 during Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition. The historic June 15th concert entitled “The Negro in Music” also included works by Harry T. Burleigh, Roland Hayes, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and John Alden Carpenter performed by Margaret A. Bonds, pianist and tenor Roland Hayes with the orchestra. Florence Price’s symphony had come to the attention of Stock when it won first prize in the prestigious Wanamaker Competition held the previous year. She was born April 9, 1887. She passed on June 3, 1957.


What is the Multicultural Awareness Council?
The Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC), celebrating its 30th anniversary in the 2019/20 season, is a group of diverse community volunteers whose mission is to foster and increase awareness of CSO programs through diverse music programs, educational and community partnerships, scholarships for talented, underrepresented student musicians and audience development initiatives.

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