Dr. Samantha Ege performs and discusses the works of Florence Price in celebration of the composer’s birth month. Price was the first Black woman composer to achieve national and international prominence, but she was not an anomaly in classical music. Price belonged to a vibrant community of Black female practitioners in Chicago. In conversation with LMH Principal Alan Rusbridger, Dr. Ege delves into Price’s life, music, and legacy.
Dr. Samantha Ege is the Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music at Lincoln College. Her work as a musicologist and pianist focuses on women’s contributions to concert life in the first half of the twentieth century. Her latest album is called Fantasie Nègre: The Piano Music of Florence Price.
This event is part of the Black Histories and Futures series. This is a year-long series of events curated by college students and staff, featuring presentations and performances from a range of scholars, activists, and artists whose work focuses on Black histories and cultures.
We recognise the marginalisation that Black histories and achievements have faced in academia in the UK and elsewhere. Furthermore, the violence that Black people have experienced under European imperialism is insufficiently understood, taught, and discussed in white-majority academic spaces.
The Black Histories and Futures series is one step LMH is taking towards increasing familiarity with these topics within our academic cultures and beyond.