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Harlem String Quartet to Bring Blend of Concert Music to Lenoir-Rhyne Campus

Mon Jan 7 2013

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HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University is pleased to welcome the Harlem String Quartet to campus on January 18, 2013. As part of the LR Concert Series, “String Quartets Old and New,” is a free concert that will be presented at 7:30pm in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus.

The Harlem Quartet, praised for its “panache” by The New York Times, is currently the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory of Music’s Professional String Quartet Program. Their mission is to reach diverse audiences through concerts and outreach with programs that are wonderfully varied, from classics to works commissioned by living American composers.

Their concert in Hickory reflects that blend, featuring not only Haydn and Beethoven, but also jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis. The Harlem Quartet has been featured on WNBC, CNN, the Today Show, WQXR-FM, and the Art Beat section of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer website. In 2007 White Pine Music issued the quartet’s first CD, Take the “A” Train, a release that was featured in the November issue of Strings magazine that year. The second CD, featuring works of Walter Piston, was released in 2010 by Naxos. They make regular appearances at Carnegie Hall and other major venues. The Harlem Quartet also had the honor of performing at the White House as guests of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

For additional information, go to or call the L-R music program at 828-328-7147. Additional information on the Quartet can be found online at

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