Join the Fort Smith Symphony as we perform the music of Arkansan, Florence Price (1887-1953). This concert will be followed by recording sessions with the Fort Smith Symphony for Naxos International, the world’s largest classical label. Florence Price’s music is romantic, lyrical, soulful and beautiful. She was the first African-American female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra. She is considered the most prominent, historically significant concert composer of her race and gender in American music history. The Fort Smith Symphony will be the first orchestra to ever record her complete cycle of four symphonies. This is a very special and historic musical event for our city, state and our country! Special thanks to the University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections, Fayetteville and Dr. James Greeson for their support and assistance with this project. The 2016-2017 concert season is John Jeter’s twentieth season as Music Director. The orchestra consistently receives regional, national, and international recognition for its artistic achievements and its award-winning educational programs. As an example, the orchestra’s three CD/downloads on the nationally-known Naxos label comprise the first ever complete cycle of recorded symphonies of William Grant Still. The Symphony has also been the subject of a full-length motion picture documentary and television pilot.