Passing the Torch: The Legacy of Florence Price and Margaret Bonds

Published on January 30, 2024


Celebrate Black History month with a performance by GaDa Lambert, soprano, and Basia Thomas, piano, at Morris County Library on Tuesday, February 6th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm! This program celebrates the music of Florence Price (1887-1953) and Margaret Bonds (1913-1972). 

The early 20th century presented challenges for women in music, particularly women of color.  Florence Price and her student Margaret Bonds forged formidable paths through gender and race barriers.  

In 1933, both Price and Bonds made history with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Chicago World's Fair.  Price's first symphony became the first major work by an African American woman to be performed by a major U.S. Orchestra.  Bonds became the first African American woman to solo with such an orchestra. Price and Bond continued to perform and compose at the highest levels throughout their careers. 

More information about Price and Bonds, and their musical careers, can be found here.  

Please note that while registration is not required, seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

For questions or concerns, please contact Administration at (973) 285-6934. 




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