One of America’s First Recognized Black Female Composers and Piano Virtuosos on GREAT PERFORMANCES: Now Hear This “Florence Price and the American Migration” – April 15 at 9 p.m.

One of America’s First Recognized Black Female Composers and Piano Virtuosos on GREAT PERFORMANCES: Now Hear This “Florence Price and the American Migration” – April 15 at 9 p.m.

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Great Performances: Listen Now to This “Florence Price and American Migration”
Premiering Friday, April 15 at 9 p.m. on PBS, pbs.org/nowhearthis and the PBS Video app

Host Scott Yoo follows in the footsteps of the great African-American composer Florence Price, learning that West African music and European anthems have inspired nearly all American popular music. It begins with the Arkansas archives that house Price’s work, which was originally found in the attic of an abandoned Chicago home.

Next, Yoo joins pianist Karen Walwyn to discover where Price grew up and the spiritual music she was surrounded by in the South before moving to Chicago in search of equality and opportunity. Yoo explores the musical impact of Southern migrants on the city and gospel music with singer Vernon Oliver Price and former choirmaster Lou Della Evans Reid. Other performances by musicians inspired by Price include pianist Michelle Cann, blues musician Jonn Primer, opera singers Rod Dixon and Alfreda Burke, showing how powerful Price’s influence remains today.

Places visited: Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas; Chicago, Ill.

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