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String Quartet Celebration: Harlem & Omer Quartets

| New England Conservatory: Jordan Hall

NEC celebrates its String Quartet Program with three concerts in one week. The Harlem and Omer Quartets return to NEC for the second concert in the celebration.

Recent winner of the Young Concert Artists competition, the Omer Quartet returns to NEC one year after graduating from the Quartet Program and starts the evening with one of Beethoven's "Razumovsky" quartets. The genre-diverse Harlem Quartet takes over next with a selection of works showcasing their wide ranging repertoire, from an early 20th century post-romantic work to an Afro-Cuban dance number to an arrangement of a well known jazz standard.

The Omer and Harlem Quartets conclude the evening together with Shostakovich's Two Pieces for String Octet.

Both quartets graduated from NEC's selective and intensive Professional String Quartet Training Program, led by NEC cello faculty and founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, Paul Katz.

Three Jordan Hall concerts in celebration of NEC's 150 anniversary:
April 1 - Jupiter and Parker Quartets, 7:30pm
April 4 - Harlem and Omer Quartets, 7:30pm
April 8 - Ariel and Verona Quartets, 8pm

Program

  1. Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance"

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ensemble: Omer Quartet

  2. Bagatelles (6) for String Quartet, Op. 9

    Composer: Anton Webern

    Ensemble: Omer Quartet

  3. Langsamer Satz, M 78

    Composer: Anton Webern

    Ensemble: Harlem Quartet

  4. Cuarteto en Guaguancó

    Composer: Guido Lópes-Gavilán

    Ensemble: Harlem Quartet

  5. Take the "A" train

    Composer: Billy Strayhorn

    Ensemble: Harlem Quartet

  6. Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11

    Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

    Ensemble: Harlem Quartet, Omer Quartet

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