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Bernstein and the Harlem Quartet

The Harlem Quartet

The Harlem Quartet

Bernstein, Wednesday at 2:00 PM

Leonard Bernstein and the Harlem Quartet seem to be made of the same stuff. The great conductor knew how to swing; and his compositions often had jazzy threads running through them. Likewise, the Harlem Quartet’s discography totters between the likes of Schubert and Billy Strayhorn. The Quartet won a Grammy in 2013 for Chick Corea’s Mozart Goes Dancing.

Playing music by Bernstein is a good fit for this quartet. They made a recording with the Chicago Sinfonietta and conductor Mei-Ann Chen with a world premiere arrangement of music by Bernstein. The set is called West Side Story Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra. The music comes from Bernstein’s show, and the arrangement was made by composer/conductor Randall Craig Fleischer.

The Harlem Quartet CD with Chicago Sinfonietta was issued by Chicago-based Cedille Records. Hear the West Side Story Concerto during the two o’clock hour on Wednesday.

Hear HQ play Chick Corea’s Grammy-winning piece:

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