Karen Walwyn, piano: Works by African American composer Florence Price (1887-1953)
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8:00pm
Florence Price (1887-1953) was the first African American female composer to gain national status. The works on this program were part of a rare find of music recently discovered in Price's abandoned home in Kankakee, IL. They have been edited by Dr. Barbara Jackson of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Many of the works have very descriptive titles that suggest the times and life during and immediately after slavery. Karen Walwyn is Associate Professor in the Howard University Department of Music. She is an accomplished concert pianist, composer and recording artist for Albany Records. When invited by the Center for Black Music Research of Chicago to perform and record the premier recording of the Florence Price Concerto for Piano, noted music critic Bob McQuiston exclaimed that "Walwyn provides a magnificent account of the concerto displaying her considerable technical skills." She was awarded a Mellon Faculty Fellowship for the 2011/2012 academic year from the John Hope Franklin Institute at Duke University, where she completed her debut work as a composer (Choral/Solo Piano/African Percussion) entitled "Of Dance & Struggle: A Musical Tribute to the Life of Nelson Mandela." Prof. Walwyn remains busy with concerts of new works, works from the standard literature as well as her own works, master classes and lecture recitals both domestically and internationally. In July 2014, Steinway & Sons designated Karen Walwyn an official Steinway Artist.