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Rediscovered: Concert Celebrates the Music of Florence Price

by Nov. 19, 2018, 9:28 AM

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Florence Price was the first African American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra—in 1933. Bringing together the European classical tradition in which she was trained and the haunting melodies of African American spirituals and folk tunes, Price’s music has experienced a recent resurgence in the concert hall.

In celebration of that resurgence, Vanderbilt presents “Rediscovered: A Lecture Concert on the Music of Florence Price” Nov. 27 at the Blair School of Music. The event features lecturer Douglas Shadle, assistant professor of musicology, and the Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir conducted by Tucker Biddlecomb, along with Tennessee State University’s Patrick Dailey, a countertenor who will perform some of Price’s arrangements of African American spirituals.

Free and open to the public, the program begins at 8 p.m. in the Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall.