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

Mon Jan 6 2014

Last season’s concert by the Harlem String Quartet was such a hit, they are being re-engaged, bringing their mission to reach diverse audiences through concerts and outreach programs to Hickory once again. The Harlem Quartet, praised for its “panache” by The New York Times, is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer.

From classics to works commissioned by living American composers, the group brings sounds from 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 LR music program at 828-328-7147. Additional information on the Quartet can be found online at

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