New York based Harlem Quartet is one of the best current string quartets in the world! Hailed by the Cincinnati Enquirer as, “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent”. Since its first debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the Harlem Quartet has thrilled audiences with amazing technical skill and energy unmatched by few musicians, delivering their authentic style throughout the United States as well as in the UK, France, Canada, Belgium, Japan, and South Africa.
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8:00 P.M.
Since their start in 2006, Harlem Quartet has developed a music style that combines the standard quartet canon with Jazz, Latin, and contemporary music that engages young and new audiences. They combine this music with a collaborative approach that involves engaging partnerships with other Jazz and classical artists that increase their repertoire with audiences throughout the world and continuous commitment to educational outreach opportunities. In addition to performing a varied menu of string quartet literature across the Country and around the world, Harlem Quartet has collaborated with distinguished artists such as classical pianists Michael Brown, Awadagin Pratt, Misha Dichter, and Fei-Fei; Jazz pianists Chick Corea and Aldo López-Gavilán, along with many more! Harlem Quartet got its recording start with the release of a classical version of “Take The A Train” having since been included in a CD recording by Walter Piston of Harlem Quartet and two other String quartets. The passion and energy that Harlem Quartet has for their work has made them a leading ensemble and since have been featured on WNBC, CNN, NBC's The Today Show, WQXR-FM, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and they performed in 2009, for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. The quartet made its European debut in October 2009 performing at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to the U.K.and returned to Europe as guest artists and faculty members of the Musica Mundi International Festival in Belgium. In early 2011 the ensemble was featured at the Panama Jazz Festival in Panama.