Song for Snow – Fall 2023

“Song for Snow” – Saturday, December 2nd at 3pm

Song for Snow is a program of music written solely by women and highlights two composers in particular- Florence Price and Rosephanye Powell.

Florence Price was born and raised in segregated Little Rock, Arkansas, and moved to Chicago where she became part of the “Chicago Black Renaissance.” There, in Chicago, she flourished as a composer, becoming the first African American woman to have her music played by a major US orchestra (the Chicago Symphony Orchestra). The four pieces we will perform are loosely connected by themes of weather and travel.

Rosephanye Powell (b. 1962) is a choral composer and professor from Lanett, Alabama. She holds degrees from Alabama State University, Westminster Choir College, and Florida State University, and has been a professor at Auburn University since 2001. Her compositional output is vast and varied, and she is in constant demand for choral commissions. We will perform five movements from her work, Christmas Give, composed for Baltimore Choral Arts and orchestra.

Rosephanye Powell‘s Christmas Give:

I. Christmas Memories

II. Ring the Bells

III. Christus Natus Est

IV. Have you seen the Baby Jesus?

VI. Ogo ni fun Oluwa

Florence Price collection:

– Song for Snow

– Weathers

– Wander-thirst

– Summer Clouds

Other works:

S’Vivon- Betty Bertaux

Oseh Shalom- Elaine Broad-Ginsberg

Quem Pastores Laudavere- Susan LaBarr

No Man has seen his Face- Margaret Bonds

Coventry Carol- Audrey Snyder