Colour of Music Festival, the only Black Classical Musicians Festival on the West Coast, returns to Sacramento Nov. 8-11, 2023.

For four days, classical musicians from all over the world converge on Sacramento featuring performances from an all-female chamber orchestra, string quartets, vocal and piano recitals, organ recitals, literature presentations, and capped off with an 80-piece masterworks orchestra finale. Venues range in size from the intimate Guild Theater in Oak Park to the grandness of Memorial Auditorium.

“This is the third year in a row for the Colour of Music Festival in Sacramento and I’m so pleased to see its return. There’s nothing like it west of the Mississippi and it continues to grow both in number of performances and attendance,” says Sonya Bradley, Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Visit Sacramento. “There’s really something for everyone, whether you’re a classical music nerd or novice.”

What makes this festival unique is the coming together of classical musicians offering the public an opportunity to experience the talent of gifted classical principals, composers, and performers of African descent. These performances showcase the impact and significance of Black classical composers and performers on American and world culture.


Colour of Music Festival

Image Courtesy of: Jason Cohn

Performance Schedule

Monday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at City Church of Sacramento, Oak Park: Chamber I Spotlight-Special Event

Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at West Sacramento City Hall Galleria: Chamber II Spotlight-Special Event

Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Guild Theater: Matinee Piano and Vocal Recital

Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center of Praise Ministries Cathedral: Colour of Music Festival Virtuosi All-Female String Chamber Orchestra, Chamber III

Thursday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Guild Theater: The Pipe Organ Panel Presentation

Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Guild Theater: Colour of Music Festival Chamber IV

Friday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Guild Theater: Matinee Literary Presentation

Saturday, Nov. 11 at noon at the All Saints Episcopal Church: High Noon Organ Recital

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium: Festival Masterworks Finale


How to Purchase Tickets

Colour of Music Festival tickets range from $20-54 and can be purchased at



Tickets can be purchased at each venue one hour before the performance.

By Phone:

Memorial Auditorium (916) 649.7900

Guild Theater Oak Park (888) 512-9835

City Church of Sacramento (888) 512-9835

City of West Sacramento City Hall (888) 512-9835

Center of Praise Ministries Cathedral (888) 512-9835


For more information and a full description of each performance, visit