Music of Florence Price

Florence Beatrice Price became the first African American woman to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra, when Frederick Stock and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra premiered her Symphony No. 1 in 1933. Her Fourth Symphony was first performed on November 4, 1940 by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the Detroit Institute of Arts Auditorium.

In recognition of this pioneering composer, the Noah Jackson String Quartet and pianist Michelle Cann recently recorded a performance of Price’s music for smaller ensembles.  


Black History Month at the DIA is generously supported by Arn & Nancy Tellem and additional support is provided by TD Bank.

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