A trailblazing quartet and an in-demand clarinetist illustrate ChamberMusic@Beall’s “String Quartets Plus” theme in the November 7 series concert. The Harlem Quartet, composed of first-place Laureates of the Sphinx Competition, and clarinetist Anthony McGill, who performed for President Obama’s inauguration, take the stage at 3 pm in Beall Concert Hall.
The Harlem Quartet made their acclaimed debut in the fall of 2006 at the Sphinx Organization’s Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall, earning rave reviews from The New York Times, later appearing at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. In addition to being avid chamber musicians, each member of the Harlem Quartet is a seasoned solo artist; collectively they have made appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Sinaloa de las Artes (Mexico), and Baltimore symphonies, the Boston Pops, and others.
Here's a video of their arrangement of Billy Strayhorn's Take the A Train.
Ilmar Gavilan (violin) is a native of Havana, Cuba, and is currently the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and teaches violin at The Juilliard School, Music Advancement Program, Pre-College Division.
Melissa White (violin) is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland, Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Colorado, New Jersey, Cincinnati, and San Antonio symphonies, and the Boston Pops. An important part of her career is sharing her music with young audiences and inner city students.
Juan-Miguel Hernandez (viola) is the Gold Achievement Award winner of the 9th National Sphinx Competition 2006.
Cellist Paul Wiancko (cello) has won top prizes in the Lutoslawski International, ASTA, Debut, Pasadena Showcase, John Walker, and Los Angeles Spotlight competitions. He has also recorded and produced a wide array of projects, from indie rock and electronic tracks to his own Hip-Hop Cello Concerto.
Anthony McGill is principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. With the MET Orchestra, he frequently performs in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, as well as Zankel and Weill Halls with the MET Chamber Ensemble. He performed alongside Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero during President Obama’s inauguration.
The program illustrates the quartet’s mission to present both old and new repertoire. The opening work is La oración del torero (The Bullfighter’s Prayer), by Joaquin Turina, a Spanish composer of the early 20th century, which captures the drama, devotion, and poetry of the toreadors.
Beethoven’s Op. 18 No. 3 quartet is one of the composer’s earliest and most widely performed.
McGill’s showcase is Mozart’s clarinet quintet in A, highlighted by ingenious variations and astounding virtuoso passages.
Tickets for the Harlem Quartet with Anthony McGill are $17-$37, with additional special prices for college students, and are available online through the Hult Center or in person at the UO ticket office.