Jean Perrault: “Exodus” String Quartet
William Grant Still: Lyric Quartette
Jesse Montgomery: Strum
George Walker: Molto Adagio: "Lyric for Strings," from String Quartet No. 1
Wynton Marsalis: At the Octaroon Balls
John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie: A Night in Tunisia (arr. Dave Glenn and Harlem Quartet)
Billy Strayhorn: Take the “A” Train (arr. Paul Chihara and Harlem Quartet)
From classical to jazz to contemporary, the versatile Harlem Quartet offers a lively and diverse program of music by African American composers, ranging from the great pioneering composers William Grant Still and George Walker to contemporary works by Jessie Montgomery and Haitian composer Jean Perrault to jazz classics by Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Strayhorn.
The New York-based Harlem Quartet has been hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” With a mission to advance diversity in classical in classical music, it has become known for diverse programming that combines music from the standard string quartet canon with jazz, Latin, and contemporary works. Since its debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the ensemble has thrilled audiences and students across North and South America, Europe and South Africa. Among its recordings is a multi-Grammy award winning collaboration with jazz masters Chick Corea and Gary Burton.