Orchestra Noir was founded in 2016 by Maestro Jason Ikeem Rodgers. Through orchestral performance, Orchestra Noir celebrates the cultural achievements of African-American music pioneers across all genres of music including classical, jazz, blues, hip-hop and R&B. Orchestra Noir has witnessed a meteoric rise to be one of the most talked about orchestras in the nation, as it continues to successfully bring orchestral music to a diverse audience in grand and spectacular fashion.
Awarded ‘Best of Atlanta: Classical Meets Contemporary’ by Atlanta Magazine, Orchestra Noir has worked on projects with global brands such as Time Warner, NBC Universal, Atlantic Records, Lionsgate, YouTube Music, BET, OWN Network, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and countless more. In addition, Orchestra Noir has worked with international hip-hop stars 2Chainz, Migos, and 9x Grammy Award winning super-producer Bryan-Michael Cox. Orchestra Noir has been covered in prominent media publications such as The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Good Day Atlanta, CBS Radio, The Atlanta Modern-Luxury, Birmingham Times, and many more.
In addition to its birthplace of Atlanta, Orchestra Noir has enjoyed success in cities across the Southeast with sold out concerts in Charleston, Raleigh, Birmingham, and Charlotte - the last of which was alongside the Charlotte Symphony for the critically acclaimed and highly anticipated “Beethoven Meets 90s Vibe” concert. Orchestra Noir also had the honor of headlining the Savannah Black Heritage Festival with its original concert “R&B Evolutions” earlier this year. Orchestra Noir was also selected to record original compositions composed by Maestro Rodgers for prominent arts organizations such as the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the British Columbia Arts Council in Vancouver, Canada.
Since its inception, Orchestra Noir continues to be a meaningful advocate for music education by inspiring the next generation of young, minority musicians through various educational centered concerts including side-by-sides and children’s concerts. Most recently, Orchestra Noir completed a 3-day residency in Montgomery, AL which exposed underserved youth and aspiring young musicians to professional orchestral musicians of color.
Co-Founder | President of Operations
LARRY J. SMITH
Assistant Music Director
VIRGINIA T. LAM
Production Manager | Board Member