Composer and performer Patrice Rushen is among the artists participating in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s “Musical Landscapes in Color” initiative.

In Friday’s (6/16), an unsigned article states, “The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (WCO) will be unveiling an ambitious multi-year recording project aimed at showcasing the groundbreaking works of living composers of color titled ‘Musical Landscapes in Color’ this fall. This year’s performance, ‘Harmony in Black,’ is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. … Spearheaded by the WCO in collaboration with Composer in Residence Dr. Bill Banfield, a distinguished composer, musicologist, and advocate for diversity in the arts, this initiative represents a significant step towards diversifying the classical music landscape, according to a press release from WCO, and aims to shed light on the immense talent and cultural contributions of composers of color … ‘We need to celebrate art that’s being created today,’ says Joe Loehnis, CEO of the WCO … ‘This project will [give] long-overdue recognition to composers of color…. This initiative aims to challenge existing paradigms and foster a more equitable and inclusive future for classical music.’… The inaugural recording … will feature … composer Patrice Rushen … renowned for her … contributions to jazz, R&B, and popular music. The performance will be recorded and produced by … Albany Records … and released in February 2024.”