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2018: the Year of Florence

2018: the Year of Florence

65 years after her death, one of the twentieth century’s most important voices has finally begun to receive the attention she so richly deserves. Florence Beatrice Price, born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1887, was the first African-American woman to have a composition performed in concert by a major American orchestra.

Price: Symphony No. 4

Price: Symphony No. 4

the world will get to experience Price’s final statement in the form in the new year. Thanks to Schirmer’s rapid movements, we will be able to do so with score in hand.

Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One.