Little Rock’s musical heritage runs deep. The first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer – and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra – is from Arkansas’s capital city.
Born in 1937, Little Rock native Florence Beatrice Price was a talented musical composer, pianist, organist and music teacher.
Price first won acclaim at a piano concert at age four, followed by noteworthy nods with a published composition at age 11. However, her award-winning composition “Symphony in E Minor" propelled her to the national stage and ultimate groundbreaking success.
Little Rock pays homage to Price and other famous Arkansas artists in the new Robinson Conference Center. Just outside the William Grant Still Ballroom is the Florence Price Ballroom Registration Room. The beautiful space overlooks the scenic Arkansas River and the new Broadway Bridge.
The 26th Annual Arkansas Black Hall of Fame will pay tribute to Ms. Florence Price Saturday, October 27, as she is inducted for her lifetime achievements. Two of her grandchildren will be in Little Rock to attend the prestigious induction ceremony. A Northwest Arkansas string quartet will perform a Florence B. Price composition capping off a night of honors and celebration.