The Black Chicago renaissance women: Lives & legacies in music

When: March 8 2021

Where: Virtual, United Kingdom


Join The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and Lincoln College, Oxford for a talk and performance from Dr Samantha Ege.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Dr. Samantha Ege presents an hour-long lecture-recital. Therein, she traces the lives and legacies of Black women composers in Chicago. The music of Florence B. Price, Nora Douglas Holt, Margaret Bonds, and Betty Jackson King represents the foundations of a vibrant creative network. Dr. Ege contextualises this in the transformative movement of the Negro Renaissance.


Florence B. Price (1887-1953):

Fantasie Nègre No. 2 in G minor (1932)
Fantasie Nègre No. 3 in F minor (1932)

Nora Douglas Holt (c.1885-1974):

Negro Dance (1921)

Betty Jackson King (1928-1994):

Four Seasonal Sketches (1955)

I. Spring Intermezzo
II. Summer Interlude
III. Autumn Dance
IV. Winter Holiday

Margaret Bonds (1913-1972):

Spiritual Suite (1967)

I. Valley of the Bones
II. The Bells
III. Troubled Water

Dr. Samantha Ege is Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music at Lincoln College. Her research focuses on Florence B. Price and the network of female practitioners in the age of the Black Chicago Renaissance. She released the album Four Women: Music for Solo Piano by Price, Kaprálová, Bilsland and Bonds with Wave Theory Records in 2018.

Dr. Ege's new album Fantasie Nègre: The Piano Music of Florence Price will be released digitally on the LORELT label on Monday 8 March to coincide with the celebration of International Women's Day.

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