The Concerto Chamber Orchestra stands in solidarity with those fighting against racism and inequity.
As an organization that has benefitted from and is inextricably linked to the predominantly white and privileged lineage of orchestral music, as well as the predominantly white and privileged institution we are within, we recognize the duty we have to work against an exclusionary past, and together build an inclusionary future.
We stand with the entire Black community in the fight for equity, inclusion, compassion, and justice.
Tomorrow, June 2, CCO will participate in #TheShowMustBePaused, in solidarity with artists and organizations across the music industry, in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other black citizens at the hands of the police.
We strongly encourage you to visit the initiative’s website and consider taking at least one of the steps outlined at the bottom of that page.
We recognize that words alone are not enough. As the site notes, “This is not just a 24-hour initiative.”
Thus, in an effort to take continued action, we are announcing that for the upcoming 2020-2021 season, all CCO concerts will feature work by African American artists or those from the African diaspora.
As an orchestra, we hope to use our platform to amplify the too-often-silenced voices of these artists. This is but one step in a series of long overdue changes that we hope to contribute to our community.