Monday, March 28, 2016

Chamber Music NY & Harlem Chamber Players Spring Concert Merkin Concert Hall Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM; Premiere of Jeffrey Scott's "A Hug for Harlem"

From L.: Ariel Rudiakov, Jeffrey Scott, Terrance McKnight, Ashley Horne

Spring Concert
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10036
Between Broadway and Amsterdam
Click here for directions.

Stravinsky Concerto in E-flat "Dumbarton Oaks"
Bernstein Serenade after Plato's "Symposium"*
Jeffrey Scott A Hug for Harlem (World Premiere)
Copland Appalachian Spring

Ariel Rudiakov, Conductor
Terrance McKnight, Host and Orator
Ashley Horne, Solo Violinist
with members of The Harlem Chamber Players and special guest performers

This concert is FREE and open to the public. RSVP required.

The Harlem Chamber Players and ChamberMusicNY commissioned Jeffrey Scott to compose A Hug for Harlem for orator and orchestra especially for this concert. This piece is inspired by the poetry of various prolific writers of the Harlem Renaissance Era -- Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston and Wallace Thurman.

Jeffrey Scott writes what he calls "urban classical music." Scott draws from his experience and joy of composing musical "Hugs" to honor personalities or locales. Most recently, he has composed A Hug for Sharon for bassoon and piano and A Hug for Gonzalo, which, like A Hug for Harlem, fuses strings, winds, percussion and spoken word.

The Harlem Chamber Players 2015 - 2016 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 West Harlem Development Corporation of Tides Corporation; a grant from the Turrell Fund for educational programs throughout the Newark area; and through the generous donations of our individual supporters. This 2015 - 2016 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, The Lily Auchincloss Foundation (in honor of the legacy of Janet Wolfe), the Puffin Foundation Ltd., and the Manhattan Community Award Program through Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer's office.

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