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Madeline Island Chamber Music

Harlem Quartet with Jonathan Swartz

Date: Fri Jul 05 2024

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Room: Bayfield Presbyterian Church

Location: Madeline Island Chamber Music

Tickets: $40.00

Bayfield Presbyterian Church
306 Washington Ave
Bayfield, WI 54814

Harlem Quartet

New York-based Harlem Quartet, currently quartet-in-residence at the John J. Cali School of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, has been praised for its “panache” by The New York Times and hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” It has also won plaudits from such veteran musicians as GRAMMY-winning woodwind virtuoso Ted Nash of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, who declared in a May 2018 Playbill article, “Harlem Quartet is one of the greatest string quartets I have ever heard. They can play anything.” Since its public debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the ensemble has thrilled audiences and students in 47 states as well as in the U.K., France, Belgium, Brazil, Panama, Canada, Venezuela, Japan, Ethiopia, and South Africa.

Harlem Quartet has three distinctive characteristics: diverse programming that combines music from the standard string quartet canon with jazz, Latin, and contemporary works; a collaborative approach to performance that is continually broadening the ensemble’s repertoire and audience reach through artistic partnerships with other musicians from the classical and jazz worlds; and an ongoing commitment to residency activity and other forms of educational outreach.

The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by composers of color. Passion for this work has made the quartet a leading ensemble in both educational and community engagement activities.


Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: String Quartet in E-flat Major
Caroline Shaw: Entr’acte
Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Tunisia (arranged by Dave Glenn and HQ)


Jessie Montgomery: Strum
Max Bruch: String Quintet in E-flat Major with Jonathan Swartz, viola

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