The Price of Admission: A Musical Biography of Florence Price

March 22, 2022, 8:00 pm

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Portrait of Florence Price Later in Life Looking at the Camera. Florence Beatrice Smith Price Papers Addendum (MC 988a), box 2, folder 1, item 5. Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

A program that illuminates the music and legacy of Florence Price, one of America’s pioneering but nearly forgotten composers. Host Terrance McKnight takes a biographical look at Price’s symphonic music, songs, and works for piano and organ. The hour-long documentary includes archival interview tape of composer Margaret Bonds talking about her friendship with Price and Marian Anderson’s performances of Price’s music recorded during “The Bell Telephone Hour,” a popular musical showcase in the 1940-1960s. A production of WQXR.

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