Join Maestro Richard Prior as he listens and gives insight into this wonderful past-performance during the LSO Radio show, The Joy of the Orchestra with the LaGrange Symphony’s Richard Prior. Tune-in Thursday, April 1st, 8:00 PM on WELR Eagle 102.3 FM. This week’s hour-long show features three significant and historically important works by notable female composers. The pieces being discussed and aired in full, are Fanny Mendelssohn: Overture in C, Lily Boulanger: D’un Matin de Printemps, and Florence Price: Symphony No. 3. All three works were performed by the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra during their “Women in Music” concert on October 30th, 2018, Richard Prior conducting.
The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra was proud to bring you this music back on October 30th, 2018. The 2018 LSO president, Kaye Minchew, began the concert with this comment, “Symphony No. 3 in c minor by Florence Price is of historical significance. She is the FIRST African-American composer, male or female, to have a symphonic work performed by a major American symphony. The year was 1933 in Chicago. We believe tonight is the first time that any of Florence Price’s symphonies have been performed by a Georgia orchestra.”
Since then, this concert has been considered a very significant and memorable performance in LSO history. You may read the concert review that was posted right after this concert back in 2018 – HERE.
Specifics about the Series
Beginning March 18th, the show entitled The Joy of the Orchestra airs on Thursdays from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM on WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM). We are excited to offer this new series and share The Joy of the Orchestra with you once again. This series will run from March 18th thru May 6th, 2021. Accessing the radio station is exactly the same as in the fall. The only difference is the day and time of the shows. If you want to listen online, there is a handy button on the home page of our website. https://www.lagrangesymphony.org
This show airs every Thursday until May 6th 2021.
How to Participate
Listen with a radio or online Thursdays at 8:00 PM. The station is WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM). On your radio, simply tune to that frequency of 102.3 FM. If you want to listen online (with your computer or smart device) this station can be accessed HERE, or via a handy button on the LaGrange Symphony’s website homepage (https://www.lagrangesymphony.org). This button is gold in color and says “LISTEN LIVE HERE”. Read more about our 2020-2021 Season HERE.
About the weekly radio show
The Joy of the Orchestra is a weekly, one-hour radio show hosted by the LaGrange Symphony’s Richard Prior. Just like the previous series, which aired this past fall, this new spring radio series will feature an exciting array of orchestral music. Maestro Prior will give insights into the selections which include historical background, musical nuances and other elements for which to listen. With an even deeper and richer understanding of the music, you will experience and enjoy these works in a whole new light! This show will focus on live recordings from LSO concerts as well as performances by other notable orchestras.
Posts about Previous Radio Show Episodes in the Spring 2021 Series are listed below.