Cornerstones of our musical culture

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Joseph Boulogne, Guadalupe born violinist, fencer and masterful composer. Mozart was so impressed with him, the character of Monostatos from the Magic Flute is based on Boulogne.

Florence Price, the first black female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933. Chicago native Arlington Jones, often referred to as the Oscar Peterson and Debussy’s musical offspring.

Scott Joplin, Texas born King of Ragtime, a uniter of multiple musical genres.