Harlem Quartet & Aldo López-Gavilán • IN-PERSON

Harlem Quartet & Aldo López-Gavilán • IN-PERSON

Sunday, October 24, 2021 . 3PM
Photo by Juan-Miguel Hernandez

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Known for their flamboyant and dynamic style, Harlem Quartet advances diversity in classical music while engaging audiences with underperformed repertoire. From their 2009 performance for former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama to a highly successful South African tour, the quartet performs around the world with such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Jeremy Denk, Chick Corea and, as in this program, Aldo López-Gavilán. A Cuban piano virtuoso and brother of quartet member Ilmar Gavilán, López-Gavilán is praised for both his classical and jazz technique. He wrote his first composition at age five, and in this program, we hear five of his exuberant works.

Harlem Quartet is committed to diverse programming, a collaborative approach and an ongoing commitment to educational residency and outreach. In 2021-22, the quartet will perform livestreamed performances for K-12 students across Prince George’s County Public Schools. In addition, the quartet will appear as part of The Clarice’s Arts Citizenship Talks (ACTnow) series in partnership with UMD’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center and will be part of the UMD School of Music’s Renegade series, which features innovative artists of various disciplines.

Program:

Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44

“Allegro brillante”

“In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largamente”

“Scherzo: Molto vivace”

“Allegro ma non troppo”

Aldo López-Gavilán: Viernes de Ciudad

López-Gavilán: Talking to the Universe

López-Gavilán: Eclipse

López-Gavilán: Aegean Dreams

López-Gavilán: Pan con Timba