Local Classical Featured Artist – 02/21/22 – 03/06/22
In this week’s playlist, we bring you performances by the Grammy award-winning Harlem Quartet. The quartet was founded in 2006 by the Sphinx Organization and the original four members were all first prize laureates of the Sphinx Competition. The organization wanted to create a group comprised of first-place laureates to achieve the overall mission of bringing classical music to inner-city school children. Their name, Harlem Quartet, was given to them by the Sphinx Organization and it comes from the neighborhood in New York City that holds such a rich piece of American history– The Harlem Renaissance.
This New York-based ensemble is currently quartet-in-residence at the John J. Cali School of Music and the Royal College of Music in London. 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. There are even some local ties to this amazing ensemble. Cellist Felix Umansky is a native of Carmel, Indiana, and joined the Harlem Quartet in the spring of 2015.
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