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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

2019 - 2020 Season

Click on any of the images below for details.

September 27, 2019 at 7 PM: Season Opening Concert
Broadway Presbyterian Church at 114th Street and Broadway

Season Opening Concert Announcement
The Harlem Chamber Players open their 2019-20 season with a concert featuring French hornists Eric Davis and William C. de Vos, oboist Hassan Anderson, violinists Joyce Hammann and Claire Chan, violists Amadi Azikiwe and Aundrey Mitchell, and cellists Robert Burkhart and Caryl Paisner in a performance of music by Beethoven, Britten and Tchaikovsky. Click on the image above for details.

September 28, 2019 at 2 PM: Pop-Up Concert at Manhattanville Community Day
The Forum at Columbia University at 125th Street and Broadway
Manhattanville Community Day
Members of The Harlem Chamber Players -- violinists Josh Henderson and Amadi Azikiwe, violist Tia Allen, and cellist Wayne Smith -- perform music by Florence Price, William Grant Still, Jessie Montgomery, and Bach as part of the Manhattanville Community Day at The Forum at Columbia University. Other activities for the day include "Bodies of Water," an interactive program to learn about the impact of water on our communities and overall well-being, Wallach Art Gallery Family Day, film screenings of "Inside Out," a BioBus, Pet Toys and Coding, a Hip Hop Stroke Education Table, and more!

October 27, 2019 at 3 PM: An Afternoon Chamber Music Concert
Goddard Riverside Community Center's Bernie Wohl Center

Goddard Afternoon Chamber Music Concert Announcement
The Harlem Chamber Players, in partnership with Goddard Riverside Community Center, present an afternoon of chamber music by the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Debussy, Miguel del Águila, and Schubert. The performers are harpist Ashley Jackson, flutist Julietta Curenton, violinists Joyce Hammann and Claire Chan, violist Amadi Azikiwe, and cellists Robert Burkhart and Caryl Paisner. Click on the image above for details.

November 22, 2019 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 concerti and selected arias by the master J.S. Bach, including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and the Triple Violin Concerto. Featured performers include soprano Brandie Sutton, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford, flutsist Julietta Curenton and Keith Bonner, violinists Ashley Horne, Claire Chan, Suzanne Gilman and Chala Yancy. Click on the image above for details.

November 23, 2019 at 3 PM: From the Page to the Stage
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

From the Page to the Stage Announcement
Harlem School of the Arts and The Harlem Chamber Players present an in-depth exploration into how musicians make music out of what's written on the pages. Featuring curator and oboist Hassan Anderson, bassoonist Monica Ellis, pianist Terrance Wilson, harpist Ashley Jackson, flutist Julietta Curenton, and violist Amadi Azikiwe.

February 1, 2020 at 2 PM
March On: A Community Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance at 100
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (112th Street)

Harlem Renaissance 100 Kickoff Celebration
Click on the image above for details. This kickoff celebration will honor the 369th Infrantry Regiment, made up of nearly 3,000 African-American soldiers, who returned to Harlem after World War I, kicking off the period that would become known as The Harlem Renaissance. Members of The Harlem Chamber Players -- violinists Ashley Horne and Jessica McJunkins, violist Nicole Wright, and cellist Wayne Smith -- join representative from the Harlem Youth Marines, Harlem Opera Theater, storyteller/poet Daniel Carlton, the Harlemettes from teh Harlem School of the Arts and young artists from the Children's Creations of Color for a family-friend community event. This event is free and open to the public.

February 13, 2020 at 6:30 PM: 12th Annual Black History Month Celebration
The Schomburg Center at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street)

Black History Month Celebration Announcement
Click on the image above for details. Our 12th Annual Black History Month Celebration will feature virtuoso pianist/composer Joseph Joubert and his wife, soprano Renay PetersJoubert, along with members of The Harlem Chamber Players. This concert will feature music by Florence Price, George Walker, Duke Ellington, Joubert, Beethoven and poetry by Langston Hughes. Terrance McKnight of WQXR will host and perform. Other performers include Kyle Walker, piano, Ashley Horne, violin, Claire Chan, violin, Amadi Azikiwe, viola and Wayne Smith, cello. This concert is part of the #HarlemRen100 celebration.

February 15, 2020 at 4 PM: Black History Month Celebration II
HSA Theatre at the Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Ave. (near 141st Street)

Black History Month Celebration II
Click on the image above for details. The Harlem School of the Arts presents The Harlem Chamber Players' Black History Month Celebration II feauring host and performer Terrance McKnight, pianist Kyle Walker, violist/violinist Amadi Azikiwe and oboist Hassan Anderson.

May 2, 2020 at 5 PM: A Masterclass and Student Performance Led by Amadi Azikiwe
Via Zoom in Partnership with the Harlem School of the Arts HSA@Home

Masterclass and Student Performance Announcement
Click on the image above for details. Violist/violinist Amadi Azikiwe will work with the students of the Harlem School of the Arts to prepare them for the 5:00 Performance, which will be FREE and open to the public.

June 5, 2020 at 5 PM: Careers in Music Panel
Via Zoom in Partnership with the Harlem School of the Arts HSA@Home

Careers in Music Panel
Join us on June 5th for a “Careers in Music Panel.” This panel will feature discussions amongst the leading figures of color in the worlds of orchestral music, music education, music administration, chamber music, and musical theater. The goal of this panel is to expose students and the broader audience to the many different career paths, fields of work, and opportunities in the profession of music. Panelists include Monica Ellis of Imani Winds, Gary Padmore of the New York Philharmonic, Titus Underwood of the Nashville Symphony, Weston Sprott of The Juilliard School, Liz Player of The Harlem Chamber Players, and music director and composer Andrew Sotomayor and will be moderated by our own director of educational programming, Hassan Anderson. This event is FREE and recommended for students ages 9 to 21 interested in pursuing a music career.

June 10, 2020 at 6 PM: A Song from the Other Cross
Online Watch Party, Talk and Q&A in Partnership with the Harlem School of the Arts HSA@Home Series

A Song from the Other Cross Announcement
Click on the image above for details. Join members of The Harlem Chamber Players in a Watch Party, Talk and Q&A featuring this February 2019 world premiere performance of "Nobody Know," a concert aria by the renowned composer Adolphus Hailstork (text by Herbert Woodward Martin). After the Watch Party there will be an interactive Talk and Q&A with the composer, librettist and performers. This event is FREE and open to the public.

June 14, 2020 at 4 PM: Terrance McKnight and Kyle Walker Perform Beethoven/Langston Hughes
YouTube Live Premiere/Zoom Discussion in Partnership with the Harlem Culturual Collaborative

Beethoven Langston Hughes Program Announcement
Click on the image above for details. The Harlem Chamber Players, in partnership with the Harlem Cultural Collaborative, present host and performer Terrance McKnight, pianist Kyle Walker in performances of Beethoven/Langston Hughes juxtapositions arranged by Terrance McKnight. This event is FREE and open to the public and is part of the Harlem Renaissance 100 Celebration.

 

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 2019 – 2020 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; and through the generous donations of our supporters and donors.

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.

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, The Forum and Columbia University, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem Stage, Composers Now, Talea Ensemble, Harlem Opera Theater, the Harry T. Burleigh Society, Opera Noire, Three on 3, Opera Ebony, the Harlem Arts Alliance, Chorale Le Chateau, the Newark School of the Arts, Arts High School in Newark, Africlassical.com.blogspot.com, and the Institute of Music for Children in Elizabeth, NJ.

 


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