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.