Harmony in Black
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Two admired composers, Patrice Rushen and William Banfield, are featured on the first volume of this new series of music by living, diverse American composers.

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 Their three compositions do not quote spiritual melodies directly but do embody the spirit of those songs by drawing either on direct quotation of speeches or writings.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.
Patrice Rushen, composer
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; Andrew Sewell (conductor)

William Banfield, composer
Testimony of Tone, Tune & Time
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; Paul Higginbotham (narrator); Matthew Sintchak (saxophone); Andrew Sewell (conductor)

William Banfield, composer
Symphony No. 8
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; Andrew Sewell (conductor)

Review to come.