Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles top group opens the concert with Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (Joan Tower). Violinist Er-Gene Kahng, a champion of the works of Florence Price, is featured as guest soloist on the Little Rock-born composer's Violin Concerto No. 2. Gershwin's Lullaby and Moncayo's Huapango complete the concert.
Price, known as the first African American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra, was born in Little Rock in 1887, and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She taught and composed music in Arkansas for several years before moving to Chicago, both to alleviate pressure from racial tensions in Arkansas and to seek more opportunities for professional growth, eventually finding success with publication and performance of her works.
Until 2009 Price was thought to have written only one violin concerto, but when a family purchased the composer's former home in Chicago they found Concerto No. 2, along with several additional unpublished manuscripts, in the attic. Violinist Er-Gene Kahng and the Janacek Philharmonic have recently released a recording of both concertos on the Albany record label.
Location: Woolly Auditiorum, Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
November 16, 2018
Friday at 7:30 PM
|TOWER, Joan||Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman|
Violin Concerto No. 2
|MOCAYO, Jose Pablo||Huapango|