Dr. Rochelle Sennet releases new CD titled "Bach to Black: Suites for Piano"
Associate Professor of Piano, Dr. Rochelle Sennet, recently recorded a new CD titled Bach to Black: Suites for Piano. The 3-disc recording includes the complete English Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as six suites by five Black composers: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, R. Nathaniel Dett, H. Leslie Adams, Jeffrey Mumford, and Frederick Tillis. Recorded in Foellinger Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on a Yamaha concert grand (CFX), it was released on Albany Records on June 1st, 2021, and is available on compact disc as well as all through major digital music streaming platforms.
Professor Sennet writes, “The title of this recording is intended to encourage conversation regarding the often-misunderstood topics of inclusion and equity in Classical music. Bach to Black represents my strong interest in performing repertoire by Black composers in combination with works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The suites included on this recording represent beauty, excellence, contrast, celebration of dance style, and dialogue. The targeted audience: those who enjoy music by a variety of Black composers, those who enjoy the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, those have not yet been exposed to music of Black composers or J.S. Bach, and those who fall into more than one category. I welcome the opportunity to spread the message that everyone deserves to be included in the Classical music space regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, or cultural background.”