The Los Angeles Philharmonic commissions arrangement after Florence Price's Fantasie nègre No.1 for pianist Michelle Cann with conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya as part of the Rock My Soul Festival curated by soprano Julia Bullock on November 5 and 6, 2022 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
About this Performance
As two Black women composers working in the 1930s, unrecognized and unsupported by their field and the country in which they lived, Florence Price and Margaret Bonds forged a lasting relationship as mentor and student, as musical collaborators, as champions of one another’s art, and as friends. Both Bonds and Price would set numerous “firsts” as milestones in their careers, writing with distinct musical vocabularies that blended their Western classical training with African American styles and forms, and championing messages of Black acceptance and pride in the United States. From art songs to solo showpieces and symphonic excerpts, Julia Bullock curates an evening showcasing the enduring musical voices of Price and Bonds