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Gilded-Age Chicago

June 17, 2024

Focusing on the extraordinary music of Black composers and friends Margaret Bonds and Florence Price, who came to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, this episode features exciting  recordings and insights from leading scholar-musicians including Dr. Samantha Ege, Dr. Christine Jobson, and soprano Michele Kennedy.

About the Episode

Focusing on the extraordinary music of Black composers and friends Margaret Bonds and Florence Price, who came to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, this episode features exciting  recordings and insights from leading scholar-musicians including Dr. Samantha Ege, Dr. Christine Jobson, and soprano Michele Kennedy.

Episode Credits

Debra Nagy, executive producer
Shelby Yamin, associate producer
Hannah De Priest, host and special projects manager

Episode Guests

Dr. Samantha Ege

Musicologist and pianist

Dr. Christine Jobson

Soprano and educator

Michele Kennedy

Michele Kennedy

Soprano

Hannah De Priest

Guest curator and host

Resources

Read a biographical sketch of Florence Price produced by the International Price Festival

Read about Margaret Bonds’ life in this article by Afrocentric Voices in “Classical” Music

Listen to Christine Jobson, soprano, on Apple Music

Visit the website of Dr. Christine Jobson, soprano, educator & entrepreneur

Link to purchase Dr. Jobson’s book Lily’s First Trip to the Opera

Click to listen to and purchase AGAVE Baroque’s album In Her Hands, featuring soprano Michele Kennedy

Music

Florence Price (1887-1953)

Fantasie Nègre No.4 in B Minor for solo piano

“Spring” 

“Thou’rt My Loved One”

“To My Little Son”

Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)

“The Bells” from Spiritual Suite for solo piano