The 2019 NEXUS Chamber Music series will include a not-to-miss performance of Five Folksongs in Counterpoint for String Quartet by American composer Florence Price (1887-1953), whose work greatly deserves wider attention. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Florence Price rose to the highest echelon of American composers during the first half of the 20th century, a tremendous feat for an African-American woman of her time.
During the Great Migration, Price relocated to Chicago, where her compositions saw premieres by such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, making her the first African-American woman composer to have her works played by a major American orchestra. After her death, performances of her music declined but fortunately, the past few years have seen a renewed interest in her work. Price’s music reflects a genuine and deeply personal connection to her roots in the deep South, pairing nostalgic American harmonies with a profound respect for traditional European counterpoint and form.
Price’s string quartet will be performed in Guarneri Hall on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 along with other chamber works. Tickets and more information are available on our event page.