Composer Florence Price fused her African, American, European, and female background into her music. Organist Mary Ann Hamilton will perform selections of her work during the next Music, Meditations and Munchies.
January 22, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.-Celebrate Black History Month with members of the Hobart and William Smith campus community and the greater Geneva community at the next organ recital in the series “Music, Meditations and Munchies,” to be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in St. John's Chapel, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.
The February recital is a tribute to Florence Price, featuring her Suite No. 1 for Organ and “Finale” from Sonata No. 1 for Organ. The pieces will be played by Mary Ann Hamilton, Colleges' organist, who will also speak about how Price fused the various elements of her background–African, American, European and female–into her organ music. A meditation will follow, offered by Donna Albro, Colleges' director of peer education in human relations.
An African-American teacher and composer, Price lived from 1888 until 1953 and was one of the first black women to write symphonies. She majored in piano and organ at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and graduated with honors in 1907, having earned an artist diploma and a teaching certificate. Price wrote for orchestra and chamber ensembles, as well as art songs, works for violin, organ anthems, piano pieces, and spiritual arrangements. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Stock, premiered her Symphony in E Minor on June 15, 1933.
Community members are invited to bring a bag lunch, listen to music and meditations, and stay for sweet potato pie.