Tuesday, May 21
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
"Classical music lovers continue waking up to music by U.S. composers of the present and past, and one of the best of the rising old stars is Florence Beatrice Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a serious symphonic composer.
Following the 2009 discovery of dozens of lost Price scores, the classical world has been abuzz over this much-needed new entry into the early U.S. canon, finding ample space for her among the Beaches and Seegerses and Iveses. Metropolitan Youth Symphony — like their fellow area youth orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, a fearless and curious band — performs Price's tasty first symphony and her Dances in the Canebrakes, along with the homage piece Letter to Florence Price, composed by Katie Palka, an MYS alum and one of the rising stars of Portland's vivid young composer scene." - Oregon Arts Watch