UCCS Presents is excited to include Harlem Quartet as part of the Artist Series’ first season. This chamber music powerhouse will perform the likes of Grieg and Mozart on April 14th in the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall, bringing an unforgettable evening of iconic musical compositions to the Ent Center stage.
Praised for an energetic performance style, Harlem Quartet is among today’s most revered ensembles and sets the standard for contemporary classical groups. Our presentation will take you on a journey through traditional classical melodies, a ‘60s brazilian pop hit, lively 21st century Cuban rhythms, and an iconic 19th-century masterpiece.
Harlem Quartet will kick off the show with Mozart’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, or as it is colloquially known, “the Hunt.” Its nickname takes inspiration not only from the horn-call in the first movement’s opening measures but also from the first movement’s brisk rhythm, suggesting a galloping horse urged on by its rider. One can’t help but feel the exhilaration of the pursuit.
Mozart's unforgettable composition will be followed by Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Girl from Ipanema,” a ‘60s smash hit reinterpreted by singers from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse. Next will come Guido Lopez Gavilán’s “Guagancó,” composed in 2005 and arranged for the Harlem Quartet in 2016. Guagancó, both a dance and a rhythm, is defined by the distinctive rumba clave pattern.
The evening will conclude with the Edvard Grieg’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27. Grieg expanded on the piece’s dramatic texture: ‘It aims at breadth, to soar, and above all at a vigorous sound for the instruments for which it is written.”
Featuring a diverse mix of music and styles, this evening in the intimate Chapman Foundations Recital Hall is sure to engage and inspire. Tickets are still available here.