Harlem String Quartet: A presentation by Syracuse Arts Engage
Entertainment & Arts > Musical Performances
Start Time
: Friday, April 19, 2013 08:00 PM  EST
End Time
: Friday, April 19, 2013 11:00 PM  EST
: United States
: New York
: Syracuse

Friday, April 19, 2013
8:00 PM

Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College

Free and open to the public

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The HARLEM QUARTET, praised for its "panache" by The New York Times, is currently the resident
ensemble in the New England Conservatory of Music's Professional String Quartet Program. Its mission is
to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and
presentation of varied repertoire, highlighting works by minority composers.
The quartet opened its 2009-10 season returning as featured soloists on the national Sphinx Chamber
Orchestra Tour, making thirteen stops coast-to-coast including Carnegie Hall, Eastman School of Music,
Oberlin College, and Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. In December it played two performances at
the White House for guests of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and made an appearance
Christmas morning on NBC's Today Show. In 2009 the quartet also performed by invitation with Itzhak
Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and made its London debut performing at the residence of the
US ambassador to the UK. Throughout the season the quartet will collaborate with seasoned artists such as
Carter Brey, Yehuda Hanani and Paul Freeman and the Chicago Sinfonietta, performing Mozart's Sinfonia
Concertante, Brahms's Double Concerto, and Michael Abels's Delights & Dances for solo string quartet
and orchestra.

The Harlem Quartet made its acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in the fall of 2006 at the Sphinx
Organization's 10th anniversary gala concert. They have returned to Carnegie on numerous occasions,
including a performance in late January 2007 as participants in Arts Presenters' prestigious and highly
competitive Young Performers Career Advancement (YPCA) program and an October 2008 appearance
with Paul Katz at the annual Sphinx gala. In 2006 it made its debut at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre
with a well-received performance of Wynton Marsalis's At the Octoroon Balls. In collaboration with cellist
Carter Brey, it performed in December 2008 at the Library of Congress in a concert employing the
Library's matched collection of Stradivari instruments and including Schubert's Cello Quintet.
Each member of the Harlem Quartet is a seasoned solo artist, having appeared with the New York
Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, National, New World, and
Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, among others. As a quartet, they have performed in many communities
across the country including Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston.
The Harlem Quartet has been featured on WNBC, CNN, the Today Show, WQXR-FM, and the Art Beat
section of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer website. In 2007 White Pine Music issued the quartet's first CD,
Take the "A" Train, a release that was featured in the November issue of Strings magazine that year. Its
second CD, featuring works of Walter Piston, will be released in 2010 by Naxos. A third recording by the
quartet will collaborate with pianist Awadagin Pratt and will showcase works by Judith Lang Zaimont.
Distinguished Cuban-American composer Tania León is writing a work for the quartet, with completion
anticipated in 2010. In the summer of 2008, as participants in The Perlman Music Program, the quartet
members worked daily with such master musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, and
Roger Tapping. The quartet spent two week at Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in June 2009,
performing and giving master classes, and has been invited to return for the 2010 festival.
Harlem Quartet was founded by the Sphinx Organization in 2006. Sphinx is a national non-profit
organization focused on building diversity in classical music and providing access to music education in
underserved communities. The quartet is managed by Sciolino Artist Management, a boutique artist
management firm based in New York City.
Harlem Quartet Members:
Ilmar Gavilán, violin
Melissa White, violin
Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola
Paul Wiancko, cello