Clarion Concerts

EVENTS

Harlem String Quartet

September 17, 2022 • 7:00PM
Hudson Hall, Hudson NY
Harlem String Quartet

Program

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel / String Quartet in E-flat Major

Dizzy Gillespie / A Night in Tunisia (arranged by Dave Glenn and HQ)

Guido López-Gavilán / Cuarteto en Guaguanco

Claude Debussy / String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

 

Biography

Harlem Quartet has been praised for its "panache" in The New York Times and hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” It has also won plaudits from such veteran musicians as Jazz at Lincoln Center woodwind virtuoso Ted Nash, who declared in a 2018 Playbill article, “Harlem Quartet is one of the greatest string quartets I have ever heard. They can play anything.” Since its public debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the ensemble has thrilled audiences and students throughout the U.S. as well as in the U.K., France, Belgium, Brazil, Panama, Canada, Venezuela, Japan, Ethiopia, and South Africa.

The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by composers of color. Passion for this work has made the quartet a leading ensemble in both educational and community engagement activities. It began a multi-year residency with London’s Royal College of Music in 2018. From 2015 to 2020 it led an annual workshop at Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut. In 2021 it began two other institutional affiliations: as the inaugural Grissom Artist in Residence at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and as Quartet in Residence at Montclair State University in northeastern New Jersey.

Highlights of Harlem Quartet’s 2021-22 season include a concert at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, with pianist Joseph Kalichstein; a collaboration with the Catalyst Quartet at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit; engagements with Carnegie Hall Citywide and the Morgan Library in New York City, as well as chamber music societies in Little Rock, Raleigh, Lewes (DE) and Syracuse; and a partnership with Cuban pianist-composer Aldo López-Gavilán in concerts at the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, the Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis, Nebraska’s Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music, and Virginia’s Shenandoah Conservatory.

In 2012, Harlem Quartet and the Chicago Sinfonietta led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen premiered Randall Craig Fleischer’s arrangement for string quartet and orchestra of music from West Side Story, and together they recorded that arrangement for Cedille Records along with works for string quartet and orchestra by Michael Abels and Benjamin Lees. The quartet collaborated with jazz pianist Chick Corea in a Grammy-winning Hot House album that included Corea’s "Mozart Goes Dancing," which won a separate Grammy as Best Instrumental Composition. Harlem Quartet’s latest album, the July 2020 release Cross Pollination, features works by Debussy, William Bolcom, Dizzy Gillespie, and Guido López-Gavilán.

Harlem Quartet was founded in 2006 by the Sphinx Organization, a national nonprofit dedicated to building diversity in classical music and providing access to music education in underserved communities. It is represented worldwide by New York-based Sciolino Artist Management.

Harlem Quartet members:

Ilmar Gavilán, violin
Melissa White, violin
Jaime Amador, viola
Felix Umansky, cello

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Donors

We thank the following foundations, businesses and individuals who have supported us in 2021 and 2022.

Benefactors ($5,000+)
Saida Baxt, MD
Jason Subotky & Anne Akiko Meyers / AYCO Charitable Foundation
 
Sponsors ($1000–$4999)
Alice Platt
Ross A. Garon & Hong K. Suh — In honor of Dave Hall, whose leadership we respect & admire
Bronwyn Bevan
HRBT Foundation
The Feigenbaum Foundation, Inc.
The Bay & Paul Foundations, Inc
The Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation Inc.
The Wallace Foundation
 
Patrons ($500–$999)
Steve & Barbara Smith
Emily Daughtry
Matthew Deming
Tricia & John Bevan
Irene & John Banning
Richard Collens
Price Chopper/ Market 32
Stewart's Shops Corp
TKG Real Estate
Robin Goldstein — in memory of Ann Kirschner
Joe Romano & Dave Hall
 
Supporters ($250–$499)
Alyssa & V. W. Dodson
Leslie Lassiter
Carsten Otto & DeWayne A. Powell
Matthew Naclerio
Pamela Abernathy — In honor of the Bevan Family
Richard Novik
George & Lorraine Faison
Rosemary Lyons-Chase
Karen Zier
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundations, Inc
Network for Good
Red House Design
The White Hart Inn
Herrington's Hardware
Lance Vermeulen Real Estate Inc.
Harney & Sons Teas
The Inn at Pine Plains
 
Donors: ($100–$249)
Carol Saginaw
Tambra L Dillon
Michael Hofmann
Marybeth Ketz
Monica Sinclair
Michaela Nonis
Rita Jakubowski
Nokuthula Ngwenyama
Patti Rohrlich
Ruth Seidler
Rosemary Werrett
Doris Gitzy — In honor of Matt Deming
J.P. Levelthal
Bonnie Regendahl
Jay & Patricia Rohrlich
Ann & Mal Barasch
Copake General Store
Hylton Hundt Salon, Inc.
Guido's Fresh Marketplace
Hillsdale Super Market, Inc.
Oblong Books & Music, LLC
Ward's Nursery
Copake Wine Works
Hammertown Barn
Salisbury Wines LLC
The Farmer's Wife Foods, LLC
Hudson Wine Merchants
Herrington Fuels Inc.
Berkshire Food Co-op
Metzwood Insurance
Frames on Wheels, Inc.
Salisbury Bank
The Old Mill
Sprig & Social
GioBatta Alimentari
Houlihan Lawrence

And we thank the following generous foundations, businesses and individuals who helped us bring you our concerts in 2020.

Columbia County Arts Fund, a project of the J.M. Kaplan Fund
Price Chopper
Stewarts Shops
The Wallace Fund
 
The Farmer’s Wife
Guido’s Supermarket
Harney & Sons
Herrington’s Hardware
The Kinderhook Group
Kinderhook Toyota
Lance Vermeulen Real Estate, Inc.
MetzWood Insurance
Prairie Whale Restaurant
Red House Design
 
Ann Beckley Barasch
Sherwood & Saida Baxt
Bronwyn Bevan
John & Tricia Bevan
Myron & Harriet Bussel
Edwin Chinery
Agi Clark
Richard Collens
Alfred Daiboch
Emily & Martin Daughtry
Matthew Deming
Vicki Dodson*
George Faison
Amy Goldin
Dave Hall & Joe Romano
Rita Jakubowski
Laraine Lippe*
Benjamin Lipton
Virginia Martin
Belinda Mello & Michael McDonnell*
Michael Mollenkamp
Richard Mousseau
Carol Saginaw
James Sciales & Jennifer Kim*
Monica Sinclair & Brian Hailes*
Sharon Smullen
Claudia Summers
Margareta & Edward Thaute
Eugenia Zukerman

* In memory of Josh Lipton

Members of the Clarion Concerts Board
Eugenia Zukerman, Artistic Director
Dave Hall, President
Matthew Deming, Vice-President
Michael Hofmann, Treasurer
Alice Platt, Secretary
Kamilla Arku
Richard Collens
Emily Daughtry
Elizabeth Davis
George Faison
Amy Goldin
Special Thanks
Julian Bevan, Graphic Design
John and Tricia Bevan, Volunteer Coordinators
Joe Romano, Website Monitor