The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
2015, James Greeson, USA, 57 min.
- Sun, Aug 21st 3:00pm
This absorbing documentary examines the remarkable life and work of Florence Price, who incorporated spirituals, Juba dances, and other vernacular sources into the classical tradition in the course of a prolific composing career, becoming the first African American woman whose work was performed by a major orchestra. Price established herself as a musical prodigy in Arkansas, until lynchings motivated a relocation to Chicago in 1927. There she became a key figure in the Chicago Black Renaissance, collaborating with the likes of Langston Hughes, Katherine Dunham, and, especially, Marian Anderson, who performed Price's "My Soul's Been Anchored in de Lord" at the climax of her historic 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert. (MR)
This is a family-friendly film.
AUGUST 21: Director James Greeson will be present for audience discussion.