The Harlem Quartet ain’t your typical string quartet.
Oh sure, the foursome – featuring Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White (violins), Jaime Amador (viola) and Felix Umansky (cello) – can play intoxicating music by the likes of Ravel, Bach and Schubert, but their core mission is to advance diversity in classical music – both in composers and audience members.
And to that end, their upcoming concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday (February 4) will find the quartet delving into the world of jazz, performing selections by Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Abelardito Valdes, Wynton Marsalis and others.
Their foray into jazz is no mere gimmick. In 2012, the Harlem Quartet recorded the Grammy Award-winning album Hot House with Gary Burton and Chick Corea and subsequently joined the jazz greats on tour that brought them to Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall.
The Harlem Quartet returns to Greater Nippertown at 7:30pm on Thursday (February 4) for a jazz concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy. Tickets are currently on sale priced at $20 & $30; $15 for students.
BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the concert to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Wednesday (February 3), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! UPDATE: The contest is now closed. The winner has been notified by email. Congratulations!