A Hug for Harlem Concert Announcement

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The Harlem Premiere of A Hug for Harlem:
An Evening of Music by African-American Composers
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037

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$30 General Admission
$25 Schomburg Members
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Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.
Checks or credit cards are preferred. If you would like to pay by cash at the door, please bring exact change.

5:30 PM Registration begins.
6:00 PM Doors open.
6:30 PM Concert begins.

William Grant Still Ennanga for Solo Harp, Piano and Strings
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Grass for Solo Piano, Strings and Percussion
Jeff Scott A Hug for Harlem for Orator and Orchestra

John McLaughlin Williams, Conductor
Ashley Jackson, Solo Harpist
Joseph Joubert, Solo Pianist
Terrance McKnight, Host and Orator
Orchestra made up of members of The Harlem Chamber Players

About A Hug for Harlem
The Harlem Chamber Players and ChamberMusicNY commissioned Jeff Scott to compose A Hug for Harlem for its April 21, 2016 world premiere at Merkin Concert Hall, and this spring we are bringing it uptown for its Harlem premiere. Jeffrey Scott writes what he calls “urban classical music.” Scott drew from his experience and joy of composing musical “Hugs” to honor personalities or locales. He has composed A Hug for Sharon for bassoon and piano and A Hug for Gonzalo, which, like A Hug for Harlem, fuses strings, winds, percussion and spoken word.

Scott drew his inspiration from prolific Harlem Renaissance writers, such as Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston and Wallace Thurman. This piece will take you on a heartrending journey from the Jim Crow era through the Great Migration and to the Harlem Renaissance. Grammy-awarding winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams will join as a special guest conductor, Grammy Award winning pianist/conductor Joseph Joubert will join us as a special guest solo pianist, Dr. Ashley Jackson will join as harp soloist as well, and Terrance McKnight of WQXR will be the evening's host and orator.

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The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. In addition, The Harlem Chamber Players seek to build an audience for classical music in general through community and educational outreach, as well as through collaborations with Harlem's other arts organizations, schools and cultural institutions. The Harlem Chamber Players not only bring live chamber music to underserved neighborhoods in the Harlem community, but also create opportunities for classically trained minority musicians.


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Composers Now celebrates and honors living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their contributions to the cultural fabric of our society.


The Harlem Chamber Players 2016 – 2017 Season is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; in part by former Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th Council District, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council; in part by the Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) via the Office of the Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; in part by a grant from Columbia Community Service; a grant from the New York Community Trust/Charles E. Culpeper Fund; and through the generous donations of our individual supporters. This 2016 – 2017 Season is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, West Harlem Development Corporation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Turrell Fund, and the Bagby Foundation.

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