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Michelle Cann

The Women of Chicago’s Black Renaissance

Feb 01

Performance Dates

  • Thu Feb 01 2024 7:30 PM


Meany Hall – Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

Single tickets go on sale August 3.

Lauded as “technically fearless with…an enormous, rich sound” (La Scena Musicale), pianist Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at age 14 and has since performed as a soloist with numerous prominent orchestras. She is the recipient of the 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the Sphinx Organization. Cann’s Meany debut features a program of music by luminaries of Chicago’s Black Renaissance, including Hazel Scott, Nora Holt, Irene Britton Smith and others. A champion of the music of Florence Price, Cann also performs the composer’s Fantasies No. 1, 2 and 4.

One of the most visible exponents of the music of Florence Price.
Chicago Tribune



FLORENCE PRICE: Fantasie nègre No. 1

FLORENCE PRICE: Fantasie nègre No. 2

FLORENCE PRICE: Fantasie nègre No. 4

MARGARET BONDS: Spiritual Suite

BETTY JACKSON KING: Four Seasonal Sketches

IRENE BRITTON SMITH: Variations on a Theme by MacDowell

NORA HOLT: Negro Dance Op. 25, No. 1

HAZEL SCOTT: Improvisation on Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C-sharp Minor

HAZEL SCOTT: Improvisation on Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2