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Florence Price and the Chicago Black Renaissance
This lecture brings to life the music of the Chicago Black Renaissance with an in-depth look into the lives of the women behind it. Florence Price (1887–1953), the first African-American woman to achieve major success as a composer, leads the narrative with her 1927 Chicago arrival. Ege describes the community that awaited her and performs some of the key works that emerged from this era.
Samantha Ege is a British scholar, pianist and educator. Her PhD (University of York) centers on the African-American composer Florence Price. Ms. Ege received the Eileen Southern Fellowship Award (Society for American Music) and the Newberry Library Short-Term Residential Fellowship for her work on women composers in the era of the Chicago Black Renaissance. Her research has also connected her to organizations such as the African American Network of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Kapralova Society, in whose journal she published her article “Florence Price and the Politics of Her Existence.” Currently residing in Singapore, Ms. Ege teaches music at the United World College of South East Asia. She is originally from England and shares Nigerian and Jamaican heritage.
Friday, October 25, 2019 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Recital Studio, MRH 2.608 2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin 78712