MSO presents the Harlem Quartet at MMofA

Posted on: September 6th, 2016
September 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
Mobile Museum of Art
Mobile Symphony Orchestra
MSO presents the Harlem Quartet at MMofA @ Mobile Museum of Art

Monday, Sept. 12 @ 6:30 p.m.

Mobile Symphony Orchestra is bringing the Harlem Quartet into the Museum galleries for a rare, not-to-be-missed performance, surrounded by notable artworks by Harlem Renaissance artists, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and images of jazz great Wynton Marsalis by Faith Ringgold. The concert will feature a lively and entertaining mix of music ranging from classical to jazz.

The performance is in the Mobile Museum of Art’s East Gallery upstairs. This is a free event, including parking and admission to the concert and gallery for the duration of the performance. Doors to the gallery will open at 6:10 pm. Seating is limited.

The Harlem Quartet is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music by engaging young and new audiences.

The quartet has been fulfilling that mission through a yearlong education residency with the MSO by performing in various areas of the community. The residency is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Community Foundation of South Alabama.

Since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the New York-based ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in France, the U.K., Belgium, Panama, Canada and in South Africa, where under the auspices of the U.S. State Department they spent two weeks performing concerts and participating in outreach activities.

In addition to performing on chamber music series around the world, Harlem Quartet has collaborated with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Paul Katz, Fred Sherry, Anthony McGill, Paquito D’Rivera and Misha Dichter. Harlem Quartet has also worked closely with jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton, with whom the quartet recorded the album “Hot House.” The Harlem Quartet’s recording with Corea and Burton entitled “Mozart Goes Dancing” won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition in 2013.