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Fri, Mar 06


Barnes Foundation

Black Pearls @ the Barnes

In the Year of the Woman, Black Pearl celebrates the contributions of African-American women composers and performers to classical music.

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Black Pearls @ the Barnes
Black Pearls @ the Barnes

Time & Location

Mar 06, 2020, 6:00 PM – 9:40 PM

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA


About the event

In celebration of Black Pearl's 10th Anniversary, we are celebrating the accomplishments of African-American women in classical music.  From 6:00 - 7:00 the concert opens with string quartet and woodwind quintet performances including music by African-American women composers including Valerie Coleman and Jessie Montgomery.   Then at 7:30, Black Pearl Orchestra will be joined by pianist Michelle Cann as the soloist for the Philadelphia premiere of the Piano Concert in One Movement by Florence Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra.  Amanda Nicole Collins also joins the orchestra as the soloist for Mozart's exuberant Horn Concerto No. 3, K. 477.  This concert has been generously underwritten with grants from the Presser Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  We are also deeply grateful to PECO and EPAM for their sponsorship of this event.  


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