Price came to prominence almost ninety years ago. Her Symphony No. 1 was the first symphonic work by a Black woman to be played by a major American orchestra.
The Federal Music Project commissioned her Third Symphony at the height of the Great Depression. She wrote it in the midst of the Chicago Renaissance, a powerfully creative environment for writers and artists including Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Margaret Bonds.
Deutsche Grammophon recently released a new recording by the Philadelphia Orchestra of two Price symphonies. Hear the Florence Price Symphony #3 from this brand new recording as your Midday Masterpiece today at 2:00 pm.