Each of the featured composers, spanning more than a century of creative exploration, expands upon the musical language of heritage, of folk and sacred music, to forge new and boundary-reshaping narratives in their art. Past meets present. Present challenges expectations and propels the future. This is a concert for the New Year.First...Florence Beatrice Price (1887 – 1953)The first African American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra.Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882 – 1943)The first African American pianist to record commercial piano rolls, and the first to become director of music at the Hampton Institute in Virginia.William Grant Still (1895 – 1978) The first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony (his 1st Symphony) performed by a leading orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company, and the first to have an opera performed on national television....and ForwardTatev AmiryanAn Armenian composer and pianist now living in San Francisco, whose music stretches structural expectations and pulls from her love of improvisational performance and the folk music she grew up with to create vocal, instrumental, chamber, and symphonic works.We want to keep everyone safe. In response to COVID-19, this program will be streamed online on New Year's Day as part of our lineup of free National Bell Festival experiences. You can tune-in, listen, and watch from home! Sign up to receive connection and streaming details right to your inbox. ProgramFantasie Nègre, No. 4, Florence Beatrice PriceIn the Bottoms, Robert Nathaniel Dett- Prelude: Night- Barcarolle: MorningThree Visions, William Grant Still- Dark Horsemen- Summerland - Radiant PinnacleOrtus, Tatev Amiryan Meet the artistElizabeth G. Hill, pianistA recognized leader in contemporary music advocacy, pianist Elizabeth G. Hill has performed across the US and Europe in service of her life’s work: joining cultures together through music. She is a proud performer within numerous chamber ensembles within the Washington, D.C. area, serving as Principal Pianist for her duo Meraki, and ensembles, Balance Campaign, and Symphony Number One, all of whom are active in performing and commissioning contemporary music. Also known for her work as a solo performer, educator, and lecturer, Elizabeth is a private piano teacher in the DC metro-area, and serves on the Collaborative Piano Faculty at the HeifetzPEG International Music Institute. She has given numerous lecture recitals and presentations across the United States. Originally raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Elizabeth holds degrees from Mary Baldwin College (B.A.), James Madison University (M.M.), and The Catholic University of America (D.M.A. with a specialization in Chamber Music).