Come celebrate the launch of the new children’s book Who Is Florence Price?, written and illustrated by middle school students at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School, NYC's only K-12 public school that teaches music as a core subject. Published this fall by Schirmer Books, part of Wise Music Group, the book tells the story of a brilliant musician who prevailed against race and gender prejudices to become the first Black woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer and be performed by a major American orchestra in 1933. Special Music School students will perform works by Price. This event is by invitation.
The program includes remarks by composer, violinist and educator Jessie Montgomery; Special Music School English teacher Shannon Potts; Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Kate Sheeran; Special Music School Principal Katherine Banucci-Smith; and Robert Thompson, President, Schirmer Theatrical, G. Schirmer, Node Records, AMP (part of Wise Music Group) and current President, Music Publishers Association of the USA.
Special Music School vocalists, soloists and ensembles, including some of the authors of Who Is Florence Price?, will perform music by Price, including “Song for Snow” (lyrics by Elizabeth Coatsworth), “The Glory of the Day was on Her Face” (lyrics by James Weldon Johnson), “Hold Fast to Dreams” (lyrics by Langston Hughes), the second movement of her String Quartet in A minor, Fantasy in G minor, Fantasy in F sharp minor, and the solo piano pieces “Ticklin’ Toes,” “The Goblin and the Mosquito” and “Adoration.”
WQXR is a media partner of this event.