Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott Presents Florence Price: An American Treasurer

Monday Musical Club of Southwestern Michigan

November 2014 Program Notes – Parade of American Music Women Composers

Date and location – Monday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street  and Saturday, November 22nd, 10:30 AM at The Whitcomb, 509 Ship Street, St. Joseph. Both programs are open to the public.

The November program will feature Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott of Albion College lecturing on the life of and performing works composed by Florence Price.  Florence Price (1887-1953) was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas and was the first African-American woman whose music was performed by a major symphony orchestra.  Her Symphony in E Minor was premiered in 1933 at the Chicago World’s Fair by the Chicago Symphony and subsequently performed by many other leading orchestras.  In 1939 one of Florence Price’s compositions was sung by soprano Marian Anderson at her legendary Easter Sunday performance at the Lincoln Memorial, a milestone in the Civil Rights Movement.

 Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott of Albion College has recently performed in Hawaii, Montana, Arkansas, Novi Sad, Serbia, Paris, Zurich, as well as regionally in Michigan and Indiana. In February of 2012 Lia performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City.  Her recording of Fanny Hensel’s Das Jahr was completed in August of 2012.   Future performances include an upcoming solo and collaborative recital with singer Dr. Karen Kness in Costa Rica.  Lia is a sought-after adjudicator, most recently judging at the Music Teachers’ National Association National Senior Piano Duet Finals in Chicago.  Her background in the humanities has allowed her to present lecture recitals on multiple topics, including the works of Florence Price and Wayne Horvitz.  She co-founded the Albion College International Piano Festival with her husband, David.  She has degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, The Pennsylvania State University, and Indiana University.   In addition, she is the President of the Lake Michigan Music Teachers Association.

Additional information regarding this program and Monday Musical Club can be found at our website, mmcmi.org