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Our next event is In Song and Spirit: A Musical Documentary and will take place on Friday, December 18 at 7 PM.
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2020 - 2021 Season

September 19 & 26 at 12, 1, and 2 PM: A Lament for Troubled Times
Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

A Lament for Troubled Times
Members of The Harlem Chamber Players - violinists Ashley Horne and Claire Chan, violist Amadi Azikiwe, and cellist Wayne Smith -- will perform music by George Walker and Florence Price in the historic Green-Wood Cemetery in 3 sets on 2 Saturdays, September 19 and 26. (Rain dates will be Sundays, September 20 and 27). Click here or on the image above for more details, including directions, and to RSVP.

October 2 - 23: HCP Artist Relief Fund
HCP Artist Relief Fund
The board and staff of The Harlem Chamber Players have decided to establish an Artist Relief Fund to help some of the artists who have performed with us. Please click here or on the image above to learn more.

October 11, 2020 at 4 PM - Portraits and Dialogues
Online Event
Portraits and Dialogies Announcement
Join us for music by Harry T. Burleigh, Jessie Montgomery, William Grant Still, Margaret Bonds, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with violinist Amadi Azikiwe, oboist Hassan Anderson and pianists Kyle Walker and Mikael Darmanie. There will also be a Talk Back with the performers and founder Liz Player. Click here or on the image above for more details.

October 22 - 24 from 6 - 11 PM: To America/October 30 at 7 PM
Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY/The Greene Space Livestream

To America Event Announcement
Inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, who is buried at Green-Wood and best known for his anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” this immersive, cemetery-wide performance event combines music, history, literature, and dance into a single sweeping, shuddering cry into the night. It is a lament, a love song, a prayer, and a plea to America in a time of deep uncertainty, in remembrance of all that this nation has been, and all that it can be. Members of The Harlem Chamber Players join in this not-to-be-missed event! If you missed this at Green-Wood, click here or on the image above to watch and listen online.

November 19 at 12 PM - Harlem Walking Tour Premiere Episode
Online Event
Harlem Walking Tour Video Series Announcement
Join us for a tour through Harlem of artistic figures such as Margaret Bonds, Duke Ellington, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, W.C. Handy and others through the lens of musicians from The Harlem Chamber Players -- harpist-scholar Dr. Ashley Jackson, soprano Janinah Burnett, performing artist Damien Sneed, soprano Brandie Sutton, violinist Ashley Horne and others. Click here or on the image above to learn more.

December 18 at 7 PM: In Song and Spirit
Online Event

In Song and Spirit Announcement
Join us for a virtual film presentation conceived and directed by harpist Dr. Ashley Jackson. Experience excerpts from Harriet Jacobs's memoir Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, as Dr. Jackson also examines her own family history to explore themes of migration and black womanhood. Featuring live performances of the spirituals "Deep River," "I'm Troubled in Mind," and "Angels Have Changed My Name") arranged by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and transcribed by Dr. Jackson. This film also features vocalist Freddie June. The filmmaker is Malik Isasis.


Please visit our page again soon as we have more concert announcements coming up shortly!

Featured Videos

Langston and Beethoven | Black and Proud by Terrance McKnight with Kyle Walker on Piano
Watch Party, Talk and Q&A - June 14, 2020 (Performance starts 2 minutes in.)  
First movement of the Bach Triple Violin Concerto
Annual Bach Concert - November 22, 2019

Adolphus Hailstork's "Nobody Know"
World premiere commissioned for The Harlem Chamber Players
11th Annual Black History Month Celebration - February 28, 2019

First Movement of the George Walker String Quartet No. 1
12th Annual Black History Month Celebration - February 13, 2020

"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
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 last 2020-21 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 the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; in part by a grant from Columbia Community Service; in part by West Harlem Development Corporation via the Tides Foundation; in part by a grant from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; in part with funding from the Turrell Fund; in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC; in part by the Manhattan Community Award Program via Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; in part by a grant from the New York Community Trust/Charles E. Culpeper Fund; in part by a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; in part by a grant from J.P. Morgan Securities Charitable Giving Fund; in part by a grant from The M&T Charitable Foundation; in part by a grant from the Howard Gilman Foundation; in part by a grant from the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund; in part by a grant from the Castellano Family Foundation; in part by a grant from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation; in part from a grant from the Richenthal Foundation; and through the generous donations of our supporters and donors. Thanks also to our partners—the Harlem Cultural Collaborative, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Goddard Riverside Community Center, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Harlem School of the Arts, Harlem One Stop, Broadway Presbyterian Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Manhattanville, Columbia University, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem Stage, Composers Now, Talea Ensemble, Harlem Opera Theater, Harry T. Burleigh Society, Opera Noire, Three on 3 Music, Opera Ebony, Chorale Le Chateau, the Newark School of the Arts, Arts High School in Newark, Africlassical.blogspot.com, and the Institute of Music for Children in Elizabeth, NJ.


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