Catalyst Quartet
Harlem Quartet

Friday, October 30, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

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This concert is part of the Kardon Series. You can also Build Your Own Subscription or purchase a Season Pass. Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

About This Performance

A pair of dynamic young American quartets come together in their Society debuts. Sphinx Competition laureates, they present a program featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s famed octet and three works new to PCMS: Kenji Bunch’s Octet (based on Whitman’s poem Election Day, November, 1884); Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Quartet No. 1 (based on the African American spiritual Calvary); and Fanny Mendelssohn’s only work in the genre, inspired by the quartets of Beethoven.

Bunch: Octet TBA  World Premiere/PCMS Commission
Perkinson: Quartet No. 1
Fanny Mendelssohn: Quartet in E-flat Major
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

The Artist(s)

Catalyst Quartet
Catalyst Quartet
Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” the Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble-playing,” the ensemble has toured throughout the United States and abroad,… Read More
Harlem Quartet
Harlem Quartet
The New York-based Harlem Quartet has been praised for its "panache" by the New York Times and hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” It has also won plaudits from such veteran musicians as Grammy-winning woodwind virtuoso Ted Nash of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra,… Read More

Videos

We are the Catalyst Quartet
Harlem Quartet, Mendelssohn op 80, Encore "Take the A train"
WHAT YOU'LL HEAR