November 8-10, 2019

The versatile and charismatic Harlem Quartet plays everything with panache! Living a philosophy that great music is not exclusive to any one genre, the quartet captivates new listeners with expert performances of a spectrum of repertoire, including classical, Latin, and jazz. With a decade of passionate commitment to diversity and excellence, they have become a leading ensemble in educational residencies and community engagement.

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 8 p.m.

Duet Jazz Club

Doors open at 7pm


Bolmcom: Three Rags

Debussy: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (2nd Movement)

Gavilan: Cuarteto en Guaguancó

Gillespie: A Night in Tunisia

Rodgers/Hart: My Funny Valentine


Program Notes

November 9, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.

Westby Pavilion

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

7:00 p.m.

Doors open for wine and conversation


Mozart: Quartet in F Major, K. 590

Fanny Mendelssohn: Quartet in E-flat Major

Program notes

Our Saturday Salon concerts are currently sold out. Occasionally tickets will become available. To be put on the waitlist, call 918.587.3802 or fill out this form

November 10, 2019 - 3:00 p.m.

John H Williams Theatre

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

2:15 p.m.

Pre-concert lecture by Jason Heilman


Bolcom: Three Rags for String Quartet

Debussy: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

Guido Lopez-Gavilan: Cuarteto en Guaguanco

Brahms: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 67

Program notes

Concert Highlight: Sunday

A cross-pollination of cultures and styles runs through the Harlem Quartet’s repertoire. They dance with a jazzy, ragtime beat with Bolcom and explore an exotic soundworld in Debussy’s impressionistic quartet. Gavilan’s Guaguancó turns their rhythm to a rumba from Afro-Cuban culture. With Brahms they delve into the complex textures of the German Romantic tradition.

Get to know the Harlem Quartet

New York-based HARLEM QUARTET, currently serving a three-year residency at London’s Royal College of Music, 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, who declared in a May 2018 Playbill article, “Harlem Quartet is one of the greatest string quartets I have ever heard. They can play anything.” Since its public debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the ensemble has thrilled audiences and students in 47 states as well as in the U.K., France, Belgium, Brazil, Panama, Canada, Venezuela, Japan, and South Africa.

Harlem Quartet has three distinctive characteristics: diverse programming that combines music from the standard string quartet canon with jazz, Latin, and contemporary works; a collaborative approach to performance that is continually broadening the ensemble’s repertoire and audience reach through artistic partnerships with other musicians from the classical and jazz worlds; and an ongoing commitment to residency activity and other forms of educational outreach.