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Spend some time with Rochelle Sennet’s Bach to Black project

University of Illinois professor of piano (and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the College of Fine and Applied Arts) Rochelle Sennet’s Bach to Black project takes the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (the Baroque period composer) and pairs it with the music of contemporary Black composers. The project won a gold medal in the Global Music Awards in July 2021. 

Sennet has been working on this project for a little while; you can read more about the project in this Illinois News Bureau article and/or listen to an interview she did with WILL’s The 21st.  

Or, you can check out her performances on YouTube:

Top image from Rochelle Sennet’s website.


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