Friday, February 15, 2019

The Harlem Chamber Players' 11th Annual Black History Month Celebration Feb. 28, 6:30 PM

RSVP Today-Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 PM: 11th Annual Black History Month Celebration

The Schomburg Center presents

The Harlem Chamber Players'
11th Annual Black History Month Celebration

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Ave. & 135th Street)
New York, NY 10037

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This concert will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the importation of the first black slaves to America. The Harlem Chamber Players commissioned the noted composer Adolphus Hailstork to compose the concert aria Nobody Know for this event. The composer and librettist Herbert Martin will be in attendance.

This concert is free and open to the public. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

Registration opens on February 14, 2019.

Beethoven's Weary Blues
Adolphus Hailstork Piano Quintet "Detroit" for Piano and Strings (World Premiere)
Adolphus Hailstork Nobody Know for Baritone and Strings (World Premiere) with text by Herbert Martin
Antonín Dvořák String Quartet, Op. 96


Terrance McKnight, Host and Orator
Adolphus Hailstork, Composer
Kenneth Overton, Baritone
Ashley Horne, Violin
Jessica McJunkins, Violin
Amadi Azikiwe, Viola
Wayne Smith, Cello
David Berry, Piano

Founded in 1925 as the Negro Literature, History and Prints Division of the 135th Street Branch Library by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the leading cultural institutions in the world devoted to the preservation of materials focused on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Recognized for its prominence in digital humanities, scholarly research, and vast collection spanning over 10 million items, the Schomburg Center won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2015. Today, the Schomburg serves as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration with diverse programs that illuminate the richness of black history and culture, and in 2017 it was named a National Historic Landmark.

The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. In addition, The Harlem Chamber Players seek to build an audience for classical music in general through community and educational outreach, as well as through collaborations with Harlem's other arts organizations, schools and cultural institutions. The Harlem Chamber Players not only bring live chamber music to underserved neighborhoods in the Harlem community, but also create opportunities for classically trained minority musicians.

Composers Now empowers all living composers, celebrates the diversity of their voices and honors the significance of their contributions to the cultural fabric of society.

HARLEM RENAISSANCE 100: A Community Celebration, 2018 – 2020 is a community wide celebration marking the landmark 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. This celebratory community collaborative effort, spanning the next two years, is comprised of over 13 Harlem cultural institutions who will be spearheading the celebration and the launching of an extended series of programs, events and cultural activities.         

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