Atlanta Orchestra Aims To Broaden Classical Music’s Appeal
Orchestra Noir is Atlanta’s all-African-American orchestra. The group has only been around for 10 months, but it is already redefining where classical music is performed and who its audience is.
For one, Orchestra Noir appeared in a music video by Atlanta hip-hop stars Migos and 2Chainz. And the group’s next concert will feature not just their concerto competition winner but also Grammy-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox.
Orchestra Noir’s music director Jason Ikeem Rodgers said that he wanted classical music to appeal to a wider variety of people.
“I was always thinking how to create an orchestra that would appeal to a black demographic, and it wasn’t until Atlanta that it dawned on,” Rodgers said in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “I thought, it would be cool to conduct an all-black orchestra. What would that be like? And what could I do for the people? What would that do for the young black children growing up?”
Orchestra Noir’s upcoming concert event, “Night At The Symphony,” is Friday, March 31 at Center Stage.