What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever found in an attic? How about a manuscript from 70 years ago? Tune in this Saturday evening on WHRO-FM to hear the world premiere recording of a rediscovered violin concerto by African American composer Florence Beatrice Price!

Price (1887-1953) was an accomplished composer and pianist, and the first African American woman to have her work performed by a major American orchestra, when the Chicago Symphony played her Symphony in e minor in 1933. Since her death, many of Price’s over 300 compositions have been lost. In 2009, a couple in Illinois found a cache of her papers and musical scores in an abandoned house that they were renovating! Two violin concertos were part of this collection, and they have now been recorded for the first time by violinist Er-Gene Kahng.

Raymond Jones will bring you the Violin Concerto No. 1 (written in 1939) this Saturday at 8 p.m. on This Just In, and next Saturday will feature the Violin Concerto No. 2 (written in 1952).

Listen to the program on WHRO 90.3 FM, or listen online.