Price & Cockerham: Violin Concertos

February 23, 2018, 9:00 am

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It is indeed a cause for excitement when two concertos by Florence Price, the first African-American woman to write a symphony performed by a major U.S. orchestra, are recorded. There are no known performances of Price’s first violin concerto, but the Violin Concerto No. 2, completed in 1952 was performed posthumously by its dedicatee, Minnie Cedargreen Jemberg, at the opening of the Florence B. Price School in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood in 1964. Violinist Er-Gene Kahng completes the recording with a work by Ryan Cockerham which is a tribute to Florence Price’s home state of Arkansas.