The Harlem Premiere of A Hug for Harlem
PLEASE NOTE: Earlier marketing materials indicated this would be a multi-media production, but this has changed. This will be a live classical music concert featuring all works by African-American composers.
About A Hug for Harlem
Scott drew his inspiration from prolific Harlem Renaissance writers, such as Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston and Wallace Thurman. This piece will take you on a heartrending journey from the Jim Crow era through the Great Migration and to the Harlem Renaissance. Grammy-awarding winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams will join as a special guest, conductor Grammy-nominated pianist Joseph Joubert will join us as a special guest pianist, virtuoso harpist Ashley Jackson will join as soloist as well, and Terrance McKnight of WQXR will be the host and orator.
The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. In addition, The Harlem Chamber Players seek to build an audience for classical music in general through community and educational outreach, as well as through collaborations with Harlem's other arts organizations, schools and cultural institutions. The Harlem Chamber Players not only bring live chamber music to underserved neighborhoods in the Harlem community, but also create opportunities for classically trained minority musicians.
Composers Now celebrates and honors living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their contributions to the cultural fabric of our society.
The Harlem Chamber Players 2016 – 2017 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 Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th Council District, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council; in part by a grant from Columbia Community Service; a grant from the New York Community Trust/Charles E. Culpeper Fund; and through the generous donations of our individual supporters. This 2016 – 2017 Season is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature,West Harlem Development Corporation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Turrell Fund, the Bagby Foundation, and The Lily Auchincloss Foundation (in honor of the legacy of Janet Wolfe).
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