Florence Price

Born in Arkansas, Florence Price (1887-1953) moved to Chicago with her family to escape Jim Crow conditions of the South. Price, trained in piano and organ at the New England Conservatory of Music, studied composition with leading teachers in Chicago. She composed over 300 works including symphonies, chamber works and songs that were performed by leading orchestras and performers including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and contralto Marian Anderson.

After her death, Price’s works were forgotten until 2009 when many of them were found in a rundown house in St. Anne, Illinois. In 2018, the music publishing firm G. Schirmer acquired the rights to Price’s complete catalog of compositions. Price’s music is now finding its way into the repertoire of leading American symphony orchestras.

Why this stop? Taking the Red Line or Blue Line to hear a Chicago Symphony concert at the Symphony Center? Jackson is your stop.

Listen to Florence Price’s music