WCO announces multiyear recording project highlighting composers of color 

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (WCO) announced in a recent press release a multiyear recording project, called Musical Landscapes in Color, aimed at showcasing the works of composers of color. 

Spearheaded by the WCO in collaboration with Composer in Residence Dr. William Banfield, this initiative represents a significant step toward diversifying the classical music landscape. 

This year’s performance, titled “Harmony in Black,” is scheduled for Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center for the Arts, and tickets will go on sale in early August. The performance will feature a lineup of works composed by Dr. Banfield and composer Patrice Rushen, an artist and chair of the Popular Music program at USC Thornton School of Music. 

The performance will be recorded and produced by Albany Records and released in February 2024.