We are excited to announce that our 9th Anniversary Season will kick off on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 4 PM. This concert will feature the masterpiece Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor. Also on the concert are the Bliss Oboe Quintet and the Wolf Italian Serenade. In October The Harlem Chamber Players feature virtuoso harpist Ashley Jackson at Goddard Riverside Community Center's Bernie Wohl Center. The date will be announced soon.
November 18, 2016 at 7 PM is our Annual Bach Concert with returning artists -- conductor James Davis Jr., oboist Gerard Reuter, violinist Belinda Whitney and mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford. Bass-baritone Steven Kirby joins us as a guest for our Black History Month Celebration on February 25, 2017 in a concert featuring music by Florence Price, Carlos Oliver Simon Jr., George Walker and Margaret Bonds. March 25, 2017 marks the date of our Spring Concert with the sensational students of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music and their legendary master teacher Roberta Guaspari.
We also have fantastic news for those of you who missed our Merkin Concert Hall Debut last April 2016. In April 2017 we will bring the monumental piece by Jeff Scott, A Hug for Harlem, to the Schomburg Center for its Harlem premiere -- date TBA. Scott, a composer of "urban" classical music 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. Joseph Joubert will join us as a special guest artist, and Terrance McKnight of WQXR will be the host and orator.
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I thank all of you who have followed and supported us throughout the years. We could not have reached our 9th season without you.
As you know, ticket prices cover only a fraction of the costs of producing these concerts. We hope you will consider donating this year to our concert series. No amount is too small, and anything you are able to give is a huge help.
Thanks for your kind consideration of our appeal. I hope you will join us this year. In the meantime I wish you a wonderful rest of the summer!
Liz Player, Executive and Artistic Director
Carl Jackson, Artistic Advisor
The Harlem Chamber Players, Inc.