Symphony to Present Black History Month Program

South Florida Symphony Orchestra will perform compositions by prominent African American composers Florence Price and Jessie Montgomery

Florence Price. Photo by by © G. Nelidoff. Jessie Montgomery. Photo by by © Jiyang Chen
Florence Price. Photo by by © G. Nelidoff. Jessie Montgomery. Photo by © Jiyang Chen

Ahead of Black History Month, South Florida Symphony Orchestra will present a program illuminating two prominent African American female composers: Florence Price, the first Black woman to have a composition performed by a major orchestra, and Jessie Montgomery, whose Rounds for solo piano and orchestra is currently nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Award-winning pianist Awadagin Pratt will accompany the orchestra for its premiere of Montgomery’s new piano concerto and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 4. The program is anchored by Johannes Brahm’s sweeping Symphony No. 1.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. and will take place on January 17 at The Parker; January 18 at Temple Israel of Greater Miami; and January 20 at the Tennessee Williams Theatre at The College of the Florida Keys. A pre-concert chat about the works and composers will take place 30 minutes prior to the concert at The Parker with Dr. Alan Mason.

Single tickets start at $15 in Fort Lauderdale and $25 in Miami and Key West. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or by calling (954) 522-8445.

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