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Florence Price Goes to Vienna: A Forgotten Black Chicago Composer Shines in the Music Capital

No one knows music like the Viennese, but few in the music capital knew this piece by the early twentieth-century Black female Chicago composer whose First Symphony had been the first by a woman composer of color performed by a major American orchestra. That was more than ninety years ago when the CSO and then-music director Frederick Stock premiered it in 1933 to great acclaim.

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