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  • New recording pairs music of Bach with works by Black composers

    Photo of Rochelle Sennet in a pink evening dress leaning over the keyboard of a Yamaha grand piano.

    Rochelle Sennet, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of piano, paired suites by J.S. Bach with those by several Black composers for her “Bach to Black” project. The first album in the project was released this summer. Sennet said she wants the project to show that classical music is for everyone, regardless of race or cultural background, and to disrupt expectations about the music written by Black composers.

    Photo by Darrell Hoemann

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  • Editor’s note: To contact Rochelle Sennet, email bsennet2@illinois.edu.