FLORENCE PRICE: PIANO CONCERTO IN D MINOR

Florence Price’s Concerto in D Minor (written in 1934) represents the composer’s broad range of stylistic languages, and the power of her creative expression. The work is structured in three distinct sections, opening with a tranquil orchestral introduction and a piano cadenza, and developing into a sweeping main theme which is infused with material drawn from the tradition of African American Spirituals. The soloist and orchestra engage in a virtuosic and harmonically inventive dialogue, leading into a beautifully lyrical adagio, and finally tumbling into a delightfully infectious finale inspired by the African-American Juba dance once practiced on the plantations of the American South.

Lara performed the Price Concerto with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in May 2019, and brings the piece to audiences across the U.S. in 2020, as part of her celebration of the Year Of The Woman, in performances with the Chicago Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, among others.