NEW DISCOVERIES of Florence Price's Music revealed in Arkansas Festival!!

The historic importance of Florence Price (1887–1953), as the first African American woman to have a Symphony performed by a major orchestra, has been recognized.  However, while she had some success in her lifetime, after she died very little of her music remained the performing repertoire. A few of her songs were known — after all she was championed by Marian Anderson  — but her orchestral music was unknown until the 2001 recording by The Women’s Philharmonic. Recently, progress has been made: two of her symphonies have been published, and conductor Mei Ann Chen has taken up Florence Price, performing her with…

Virginia Symphony Premieres Larsen

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, winner of a 2014 Performance Grant, will give the World Premiere of a new version of Libby Larsen’s Four on the Floor this weekend.  Originally composed for violin, cello, double bass and piano, Larsen has re-orchestrated the work for string orchestra and piano. JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the Virginia Symphony, worked closely with Libby Larsen when Falletta was conductor of The Women’s Philharmonic.  She approached Larsen directly about re-imagining this work for string orchestra. Tickets and more information here – for those of us who can’t attend, the program notes are available online. Here’s a recording of the American Modern…