From the Catacombs

Harlem Chamber Players

George Walker String Quartet No. 1

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the long version

This is a program about healing. About how we can find joy after experiencing hopelessness... how we can regain strength after withering in weakness… how we can feel wonder after witnessing horror... 

Tenebrae responds to the terrible violence the composer saw on a trip to Israel by contrasting it to the unbridled awe his son felt at learning about the vastness of the cosmos. Beethoven’s transcendent slow movement is a hymn of thanks after recovering from what he thought would be a fatal illness.

The short version

The Harlem Chambers Players Quartet performs George Walker’s String Quartet No. 1, composed by Walker a year after the death of his beloved grandmother — a remarkable woman who had escaped from slavery.

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