This Wednesday, our class will have the visual and auditory privilege of being in the presence of the Harlem Quartet. Brought to our school by Pro Musica Joplin, the Harlem (String) Quartet has traveled the world "bringing a new attitude to classical music" (Cincinnati Enquirer). The quartet is part of a 2013 performance of Hot House which garnered a Grammy Award.
Says the group's website:
The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.
Before we attend this educational concert to appreciate the music, let's get to know the musicians and prepare some appropriate and well-though questions (should we have the opportunity to converse with them). The four members of the group are violinists Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador, and cellist Felix Umansky. Look at their About Us page to learn more about them.