Black Music Spotlight (Week 1)

February 4, 2022, 8:30 am

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Portrait of composer Florence Price (Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville)

WFMT host LaRob K. Rafael curates and presents music by Black composers; this week’s selections are by William L. Dawson, Florence Price, Undine Smith Moore, and Fela Sowande.

Shared at 8:30 am each weekday in February.

Black Music Spotlight: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5


Tuesday, February 1

Traditional (arr. William L. Dawson): “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
Mavis Martin, soprano; St. Olaf Choir: Anton Armstrong, conductor

Florence Price: Five Folksongs in Counterpoint No. 5
Apollo Chamber Players

Wednesday, February 2

Florence Price (arr. William Grant Still): Dances in the Canebreaks
Chicago Sinfonietta: Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Thursday, February 3

Undine Smith Moore: Afro-American Suite
Mallarmé Chamber Players

Friday, February 4

Chief Olufela Obafunmilayo “Fela” Sowande: African Suite
London Symphony Orchestra: Paul Freeman, conductor