African American Network: A Celebration of Women in Music—Composing the Black Chicago Renaissance

Apr 12

5:30 PM

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s African American Network welcomes pianist, music teacher and music scholar Samantha Ege for a lecture and recital on the contributions of African American women composers and their role in Chicago’s 20th-century cultural renaissance.

Tickets: $15 

Continue the celebration of women in music: on Saturday, May 3, Katia and Marielle Labèque perform Bruch's Concerto for Two Pianos with the CSO! Use promo code RSVP for discounted tickets. Click here to purchase.

The mission of the CSOA’s African American Network is to engage Chicago’s culturally rich African American community through the sharing and exchanging of unforgettable musical experiences while building relationships for generations to come. The AAN seeks to serve and encourage individuals and families, educators and students, musicians and composers, and churches and businesses to discover and experience the timeless beauty of music. For more information about the AAN, visit


Florence Price Sonata in E Minor
Margaret Bonds Troubled Water


Samantha Ege piano and lecturer

Though their names might have been forgotten in the march of time, composers Florence Price and Margaret Bonds share historic ties to Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Even more significant, both achieved milestones in a field dominated, as one critic recently put it, by "the white, male and dead." To be a female composer in the classical music world of the mid-20th century was unusual. Even more unusual, Price and Bonds, both residents of Chicago, were women of color. Their legacy will be the focus of a recital and lecture titled "A Celebration of Women in Music — Composing the Black Chicago Renaissance," presented by the CSO's African American Network at Symphony Center's Club 8 and featuring music scholar and pianist Samantha Ege. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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