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Quartet Celebrates Black Composers

Concert to bring focus on diversity in the arts

1/28/2021, 3:22 p.m.
Reimaging the classical music experience, Chamber Music Northwest presents a virtual concert in recognition of Black History Month featuring musical ...
The Grammy-award winning Catalyst Quartet will present a concert in recognition of Black History Month featuring musical selections by three of the most talented Black composers of the 20th Century.

Reimaging the classical music experience, Chamber Music Northwest presents a virtual concert in recognition of Black History Month featuring musical selections by a trio of illustrious Black composers.

The performance, The Catalyst Quartet: Uncovered, recorded at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will premiere Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. PST on CMNW.org and can be streamed through Saturday Feb. 20.

The Grammy-award winning musicians will perform the music of three of the most talented Black composers of the 20th Century, Coleridge-Taylor, Price, and Perkinson; along with selections from the quartet’s upcoming CD release Uncovered, which strives to highlight works by classical composers previously overlooked because of their race or gender. Tickets are $20.

Catalyst Quartet’s dynamic playing and thought-provoking programming make it one of the most important ensembles in the United States, according to Chamber Music Northwest leaders. The quartet was founded by the Sphinx Organization, a social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

Also, In connection with the upcoming concert, Chamber Music Northwest will host a live musical conversation themed “musically integrated,” featuring vibrant violist and composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. This event is free and can also be accessed on the CMNW.org website.