Composers of Color
Celebrate Black History Month with Grammy winning ensemble
Horizons Series 2
February 7, 2020 – 8 p.m.
Jean Perrault: “Exodus” Quartet
William Grant Still: Lyric Quartette
Jessie Montgomery: Strum
George Walker: Quartet No. 1 – Molto Adagio “Lyric for Strings”
and works by Wynton Marsalis, “Dizzy” Gillespie & Billy Strayhorn
Ilmar Gavilán, violin
Melissa White, violin
Jaime Amador, viola
Felix Umansky, cello
About the Harlem Quartet
New York-based Harlem Quartet, currently serving a three-year residency at London’s Royal College of Music, has been praised for its “panache” by 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 GRAMMY-winning woodwind virtuoso Ted Nash of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, who declared in a May 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 in 47 states as well as in the U.K., France, Belgium, Brazil, Panama, Canada, Venezuela, Japan, and South Africa.