Midtown Series
 Fridays at 8pm

 Signature Series
 Saturdays at 8pm
 Oakland Series
 Sundays at 3pm

Fri, Sept. 16, 2016
 Vijay Iyer, piano
 solo jazz concert

Sat, Sept. 17, 2016
 Brentano String Quartet
 Vijay Iyer, piano

Sat, Oct. 8, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 at Seligman

Sun, Oct. 9, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 Tian Tian, piano

Fri, Oct. 21, 2016
 Harlem Quartet
 Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Sun, Nov. 13, 2016
 Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
 Kevin Murphy, piano

Sat, Nov. 19, 2016
 Alexander Ghindin, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Dec. 3, 2016
 Cavani Quartet
 Celino Romero, guitar

Fri, Dec. 9, 2016
 Robert Siemers, piano
 solo piano recital

Fri, Jan. 20, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet

Sat, Jan. 21, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet
 Christopher O'Riley, piano

Sun, Jan. 22, 2017
 Christopher O'Riley, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Feb. 11, 2017
 Danish String Quartet

Fri, Mar. 10, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Classically Improvised"

Sun, Mar. 12, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Tradition and Innovation"

Sun, Apr. 2, 2017
 Celino Romero & Friends

Sat, Apr. 8, 2017
 Anthony Marwood, violin
 Aleksandar Madzar, piano

Fri, May 5, 2017
 Lise de la Salle, piano
 solo piano recital


2 Harlem String Quartet

Harlem Quartet
Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Friday, October 21, 2016, 8pm

480 W Hancock, Midtown Detroit
Old Main Building, Wayne State University

The Harlem Quartet's artistic compatibility with Aldo López-Gavilán, brother of the quartet’s first violinist Ilmar Gavilán, goes beyond genetics. Since his orchestral debut at age twelve in his native Cuba, Aldo has become known for his mastery of both classical piano repertoire and the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition.

The Harlem Quartet, praised for "bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent," (Cincinnati Enquirer), has embraced a mission of advancing diversity in classical music and engaging young and new audiences by presenting a broad repertoire that includes works by minority composers.  Founded in 2006 by the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, the Harlem Quartet made its public debut at Carnegie Hall and has gone on to perform throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America. It has collaborated with such distinguished performers as violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Carter Brey, clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, pianist Misha Dichter, and jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton. The Quartet has been featured on WNBC, CNN, the Today Show, WQXR-FM, and the PBS News Hour. In 2009 they performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

Aldo López-Gavilán’s performance with the Harlem Quartet will offer a dynamic blend of classic and modern jazz plus several of López-Gavilán's own compositions - many of which were written specifically for this collaboration.

"On their own, the quartet or the pianist would be headline attractions. Put them together and the result, as seen and heard on a busy recent Sunday afternoon, proved to be one of the highlights of the year."

CVNC Online


Abelardito Valdés: Almendra
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie: A Night in Tunesia
Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Girl from Ipanema
Billy Strayhorn: Take the A Train
Plus four works by Aldo López-Gavilán written for himself and the Harlem Quartet:
Talking to the Universe

Pan con Timba

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