Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra: Harmony in Black

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Sewell (conductor)

Catalog #: TROY1969
Release Date: February 15, 2024
Format: Digital

Harmony in Black is part of a five-year initiative by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra that aims to elevate the voices of an array of living, diverse composers throughout the United States. For this first recording composers Patrice Rushen and William Banfield are featured. Their three compositions do not quote spiritual melodies directly but do embody the spirit of those songs by drawing either on direct quotation of speeches or writings. Multi-Grammy nominated artist Patrice Rushen is admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements including serving as Musical Director for the 46th-48th Annual Grammy Awards. Dr. William Banfield has produced a body of work in the past 25 years that includes music, books, teaching and creative work that contributes to contemporary arts leadership. Banfield is an award-winning composer who is now serving as Composer-in-Residence of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory Patrice Rushen Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; Andrew Sewell (conductor)
Testimony of Tone, Tune & Time William Banfield Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; Paul Higginbotham (narrator); Matthew Sintchak (saxophone); Andrew Sewell (conductor)
Symphony No. 8 William Banfield Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; Andrew Sewell (conductor)

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