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2018 - 2019 Season

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September 28, 2018 at 7 PM: Season Opening Concert
Broadway Presbyterian Church at 114th Street and Broadway

Season Opening Concert Announcement
The Harlem Chamber Players open their 2018-19 season with a concert featuring flutist Julietta Curenton, violinists Joyce Hammann and Claire Chan, violists Richard Brice and Aundrey Mitchell, and cellists Robert Burkhart and Caryl Paisner in a performance of music by Brahms, Vaughan-Williams and Mozart. Click on the image above for details.

October 28, 2018 at 3 PM: An Afternoon Chamber Music Concert
Goddard Riverside Community Center's Bernie Wohl Center

An Afternoon of Chamber Music Concert Announcement
The Harlem Chamber Players, in partnership with Goddard Riverside Community Center, present an afternoon of chamber music by Brahms, William Grant Still, Josef Suk, and Neal Kirkwood. The performers are violinists Joyce Hammann and Claire Chan, violists Amadi Azikiwe and Aundrey Mitchell, and cellists Robert Burkhart and Caryl Paisner. Click on the image above for details.

November 16, 2018 at 7 PM: Annual Bach Concert
Broadway Presbyterian Church at 114th Street and Broadway

Annual Bach Concert Announcement
"The Harlem Bach Project" continues with an evening of four concerti by the master J.S. Bach. Violinist Joyce Hammann will open with the Bach Violin Concerto in E Major. The program includes the D Minor Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Ashley Horne, the Oboe Concerto in F Major, featuring oboist Gerard Reuter, and concludes with the famous Double Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins featuring Ms. Hammann and violinist Claire Chan. Click on the image above for details.

February 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM: 11th Annual Black History Month Celebration
The Schomburg Center at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street)

Black History Month Concert Announcement
Our 11th Annual Black History Month Celebration will feature two world premieres by the noted African American composer Adolphus Hailstork. Baritone Kenneth Overton, violinists Ashley Horne and Orlando Wells, violist Amadi Azikiwe, and cellist Wayne Smith will perform works, including Hailstork's "Nobody Know" (with text by Herbert Martin), which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the importation of the first black slaves to America, and his Piano Quintet entitled "Detroit." The concert will conclude with Dvořák's String Quartet in F Major "American," which has an association with African-American music. Click on the image above for details.

March 23, 2019 at 4 PM: Joint Concert with Opus 118 Harlem School of Music
St. Mary's Episcopal Church on 126th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam

Opus 118 Concert Announcement
Hear the highly acclaimed students from Opus 118 and meet the founder and master teacher Roberta Guaspari, the inspiration behind the award-winning documentary “Small Wonders” and Miramax’s film, “Music of the Heart,” starring Meryl Streep. Click on the image above for details.

March 30, 2019 at 8 PM:
Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration
Carnegie Hall at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue

Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran - Two Wings at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall presents Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran's "Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration." Performers include Jason Moran, piano; Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano; Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor; Pastor Smokie Norful, Piano and Vocals; Crystal Dickinson, Actor; Brandon J. Dirden, Actor; Harriet Tubman: The Band; Brandon Ross, Guitar; Melvin Gibbs, Bass; JT Lewis, Drums; Toshi Reagon, Guitar and Vocals; Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker; Imani Winds; Valerie Coleman, Flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Oboe; Mark Dover, Clarinet; Jeff Scott, French Horn; Monica Ellis, Bassoon; The Harlem Chamber Players; Joseph Joubert, Music Director. Additional artists to be announced.

May/June 2019: Season Finale Gala Concert
Location TBA

Season Finale Concert Announcement
We will close our 11th Anniversary Season with a Gala orchestral concert, featuring Met Opera soprano Janinah Burnett, violinist Ashley Horne, and violist Amadi Azikiwe in an evening of music, which will include the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Adolphus Hailstork's Two Romances for Viola and Chamber Orchestra, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's Sinfonietta No. 1, and Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Maestro Ariel Rudiakov will conduct. Click on the image above for details.

Testimonials
"The day Prince died I also had tickets to see my very first classical music performance...I was accompanied by a good friend to Merkin Hall where I sat rapt by the Harlem Chamber Players performance of Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein followed by a premiere of Jeffrey Scott's A Hug for Harlem. Let me tell you, this music filled spaces inside me I didn't know were empty." -- April 25, 2016
Novella Ford
Harlem Resident

"I thought the concert was terrific. The musicianship was as good as it gets and in New York that is very good indeed. Ashley Horne’s violin solos combined with the excellence of the orchestra elevated the performance of Serenade after Plato’s "Symposium" to a level that Bernstein himself would have appreciated. A Hug for Harlem certainly was the centerpiece of the evening - the arc of the narrative and the arc of the music reinforced each other in a theme that went from dark to hopeful while leaving promise finally realized to the future. Jeffrey Scott is a talent that should continue to provide Harlem, New York and, for that matter, the entire world of music with great things. (Terrance McKnight’s narrative, of course, was an integral part of the piece and the performance). I also thought the performance of the Stravinsky piece was first rate and the evening’s conclusion was one of the best, if not the best, Appalachian Spring I have heard." -- April 22, 2016
Ned McGuire

"It was a pleasure meeting you on Sunday and I really enjoyed the concert. It actually blew my mind away and was so relaxing yet inspirational. Thank you for sharing your gift and working so hard for bringing The Harlem Chamber Players back year after year." -- September 2010
Peter Cooper
Journalist
Harlem News Group

"The concert was wonderful, inspiring and very special. The space at St. Mary's provides such an intimate setting, that the music filled the air and every available space of the church. As we sat there, my colleague and I both agreed that this is the type of exposure we would like to provide to the students of Boys and Girls Harbor after school, as well as our Conservatory students." -- May, 2011
Nina Klyvert-Lawson
Artistic Director
Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts
the heART of the matter

"Thank you again for inviting myself and my students to the wonderful performance yesterday. They really enjoyed it and I look forward to working with you again in the future!" -- May, 2011
Ruqayyah K. Williams
District Director of Music
Harlem Children's Zone
Promise Academy I Charter Schools

 

The Harlem Chamber Players 2018 - 2019 Season is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; in part by a grant from Columbia Community Service; in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; in part by West Harlem Development Corporation via the Tides Foundation; in part by the New York Community Trust/Charles E. Culpeper Fund; in part by the Manhattan Community Award Program via the Office of the Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; and through the generous donations of our supporters and donors. The Harlem Chamber Players 2018 - 2019 Season is also made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC. UMEZ enhances the economic vitality of all communities in Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic investments, and small business assistance. LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond. UMEZ enhances the economic vitality of all communities in Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic investments, and small business assistance. LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.

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