Saturday, April 9, 2016

Florence B. Price, First African American Woman to Compose a Symphony Performed by a Major Orchestra, Was Born April 9, 1887 in Little Rock, Arkansas

The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
Includes Six Bonus Features: Complete performances of newly discovered songs and chamber music by Florence Price

The DVD can be purchased from the University of Arkansas for $19.95 at this URL:

Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887-1953) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works Lists by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma,
Florence Beatrice Price  (1887-1953), an African American Composer, Arranger and Teacher was the First African American Woman To Have A Symphony Performed By A Major Orchestra.  She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 9, 1887.  Her career is summarized in the DVD pictured above, which was produced by James Greeson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas.  

Comment by email:
Dear Bill; Thank you very much for sharing this with me - I'm afraid that it never even occurred to me that today was her birthday.   I spoke at a screening of the documentary at the Ozark Foothills Film Festival this morning in Batesville, AR and I wish that I had mentioned it.   But in any case the audience really seemed to appreciate learning about this amazing woman.  Best Wishes,
Jim Greeson

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