Harmony in Black is the first album of the five-year, five-album Musical Landscapes in Color project. Falling under the new Composer Collective series, this initiative aims to elevate the voices of an array of living, diverse composers throughout the United States.

Harmony in Black was performed and recorded live on Friday October 13th, 2023. View notes from the composers and Maestro Sewell in the performance program here. View the booklet from the album here.

What will orchestras be playing 10, 50, or 100 years from now?
With a long-standing commitment to artistic excellence and inclusivity, the WCO has continually pushed boundaries to champion a diverse range of voices within the realm of classical music. The Composer Collective seeks to shift the paradigm from what has been to what will be. Why? We believe that you can inspire a better community through music. It’s what drives us forward as we create compelling and entertaining performances for our audiences. Why these composers and why now? Because it’s about so much more than just the music. It’s about taking in new perspectives and layers of sound that have been inspired by the impulses of modern culture. These contemporary musical landscapes connect us to the times we live in. We hope you enjoy the works these composers have brought to life as much as we do.

Bill Banfield, composer

Patrice Rushen, composer

Musician Roster

Dr. Tammy L Kernodle

Jerry Butler, Artist