Chicago Symphony Orchestra: May 5-7: "William Grant Still’s ‘Mother and Child’" and "Florence Price’s expressive Third Symphony"

Riccardo Muti presents two groundbreaking pieces by the first African American composers to have symphonic works performed by major orchestras. William Grant Still’s Mother and Child is a gentle, lilting work inspired by a painting by Sargent Johnson. Florence Price’s expressive Third Symphony gives a powerful voice to the African American experience. The first half includes Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, a work of grace, subtlety and drive, whose smallest gestures have large implications. In honor of these special performances of Price’s Symphony No. 3, the CSO is presenting a panel discussion about this fascinating composer.