African-American Women Composers: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Sunday, April 14, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Petty Auditorium

Crossing Borders Music shares the unique perspectives and beautiful music of female African-American composers in a concert for string quartet and piano.

Florence Price was a trailblazing composer who lived on Chicago's South Side. Her Five Folksongs in Counterpoint draws on traditional spirituals and her musical training from the New England Conservatory. She had to overcome a ban on African-American admissions to attend that school. Undine Smith-Moore graduated from Juilliard and was the granddaughter of slaves. Her Afro-American Suite also draws on spirituals and her formal music training to create unique settings of popular melodies. Three contemporary composers--Brittany White, Elizabeth Baker, and Jordyn Davis--round out a captivating program.