Pre-concert talk 6.30pm
Aaliyah Booker (University of Oxford) discusses the life and works of Price, Bonds and Kaprálová. Free to ticket-holders.
Programme and Performers
Florence Price Fantasie Nègre No 4
Florence Price Fantasie Nègre No 3
Margaret Bonds Spiritual Suite
1. The Valley of the Bones
2. The Bells
3. Troubled Water
Florence Price Fantasie Nègre No 1
Vítězslava Kaprálová Sonata Appassionata (UK premiere)
2. Theme and Variations
Florence Price Fantasie Nègre No 2
Samantha Ege piano
Dr Samantha Ege is the Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music at Lincoln College, University of Oxford. She holds a PhD in Musicology from the University of York and a BA with honours in Music from the University of Bristol. She spent her second undergraduate year at McGill University as an exchange student. She taught music internationally for almost a decade after graduating from Bristol. She joined Lincoln College in 2020.
Dr Ege is a leading interpreter and scholar of the African American composer Florence B Price. Dr Ege's performances and publications shed an important light on composers from underrepresented backgrounds. In 2021, she received the American Musicological Society's Noah Greenberg Award for her recording project on five female composer-pianists from the Black Renaissance era. In 2019, she received both the Society for American Music’s Eileen Southern Fellowship and a Newberry Library Short-Term Residential Fellowship for her work on women's contributions to concert life in interwar Chicago. As a concert pianist and lecturer, she has presented her research and repertoire in the UK, US, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Dr Ege released her debut album in May 2018 with Wave Theory Records, called Four Women: Music for solo piano by Florence Price, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Ethel BIlsland and Margaret Bonds. The album featured the world premiere recording of Bilsland’s The Birthday Party, which led to Dr Ege preparing an edition of the suite, now published by Faber Music. She released her critically acclaimed second album, called Fantasie Nègre: The Piano Music of Florence Price, with Lorelt (Lontano Records Ltd). Her third album (also with Lorelt) is called Black Renaissance Woman and will be released in early 2022.
Dr Ege's first book is called South Side Impresarios: Race Women in the Realm of Music (University of Illinois Press, under contract). She has been contracted as co-author alongside Douglas Shadle of Price (Master Musicians Series, Oxford University Press) and co-editor alongside A Kori Hill of The Cambridge Companion to Florence B Price (Cambridge University Press).