Duke Symphony Orchestra with Karen Walwyn, pianist
"Americans All"-- this concert of works by American composers features Samuel Barber's "First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12;" George Gershwin's "Lullaby for Strings;" Leonard Bernstein's "On the Town, Three Dance Episodes;" and guest artist Karen Walwyn performing Florence B. Price's "Piano Concerto in One Movement." Karen Walwyn is Associate Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Howard University. An accomplished concert pianist, composer and recording artist for Albany Records, she was invited by the Center for Black Music Research of Chicago to perform and record the premiere recording of the Florence Price Concerto for Piano that she will perform on this program with the Duke Symphony Orchestra. Noted music critic Bob McQuiston exclaimed that "Walwyn provides a magnificent account of the concerto displaying her considerable technical skills." Known for her recordings of two volumes of music by American composers entitled "Dark Fires," Ms. Walwyn performed select works from her CDs at her New York debut, reprising her performance for on air recordings with National Public Radio and WFMT Chicago. Florence B. Price was the first African-American woman composer to have her work performed by a major symphony when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra premiered her Symphony in E Minor in 1933. The "Piano Concerto in One Movement" was composed in 1934.