Europe’s first orchestra of color is The Chineke! Orchestra of England.
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In this episode of Classical Music In Color, Judlyne speaks to the Founder And Conductor of Orchestra Noir, Jason Ikeem Rodgers. Atlanta’s black community has embraced it, making the two- year-old orchestra a successful venture.
Rodgers, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, decided to start Orchestra Noir after teaching school and starting several student orchestras in Philadelphia. Between that and a few conducting competitions he won he decided to start his own orchestra specifically for the Black community. They play classical music, some of it by African-American composers, and work with hip-hop musicians too. Judlyne Lilly-Gibson hosts KMFA BY REQUEST and STACCATO on KMFA 89.5. Classical Music in Color is sponsored by IOKTS Productions Black History Calendars.