Louisville Civic Orchestra Celebrates Black History in Music

Florence Price.

On Feb. 29, all ages are invited to join the Louisville Civic Orchestra (LCO), the city’s oldest continuously-performing orchestra, as the organization celebrates Black history in music by performing Florence Price’s “Symphony No.3,” as well as works by Julio Racine and Michael Abels. 

The music of Florence Price is experiencing a renaissance of new appreciation in concert halls across America, but as an African-American woman in the early 20th century, she was frequently overlooked by publishers and performers. 

Composing on the cusp of late American romanticism and the dawn of the modern era in music, Florence Price embraced distinctly American genres of music such as the African-American spiritual as her thematic foundations, much in the way Antonin Dvorak had exhorted American composers decades earlier. 

LCO’s concert will feature Price’s “Symphony No. 3,” and celebrates the past and current contributions of other minority composers to the canon of great American symphonic music. Other works featured will include “Liquify” by composer Michael Abels, who is the film score composer for “Us” and “Get Out,” as well as works by Haitian-American composer Julio Racine. 

The concert will take place on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 723 S. 45th St., Louisville, KY 40211.

No registration is required, but if people wish to make donations, they can support LCO online and at the concert. Visit louisvillecivicorchestra.org/support-the-lco.

The Louisville Civic Orchestra (LCO), louisvillecivicorchestra.org, founded in 1915, is Louisville’s oldest continuously-performing orchestra and has grown to include a diverse group of about 60 women and men from all backgrounds, ages, races and regions.