Lee: Important to Hear Now

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“When James told me he wrote a new string quartet which had never been performed before, we jumped at this opportunity to present a world premiere.” On the eve of its seventh Annual Black History Month Celebration, Liz Player — Co-Founder and clarinetist of the Harlem Chamber Players (HCP) — shares some insight into their February 22 world premiere of James Lee III’s String Quartet No. 2.

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Liz Player, Harlem Chamber Players Co-Founder; Photo: William Player

She continues, “We are very excited to program this quartet. Last February, members of The Harlem Chamber Players performed the New York premiere of James’ [first quartet] The Appointed Time as part of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Classical Interludes series. I was really impressed with the music. I enjoyed hearing the midi-files James sent along, and I like how thought-provoking and spiritual his music is. James’ music is important to heaJLee Str4tet 2 cropr now, especially with all the momentum we have in our new civil rights movement to fight for justice for black and brown men in our country today. We — The Harlem Chamber Players — are honored to be able to premiere this work and offer it to the public.”

More February news: Violinist Amadi Azikiwe and pianist Kevin Sharpe tour Lee’s Sonata for Violin and Piano for performances at the Piedmont Music Center (Winston-Salem, NC) on the 10th, and on the 12th at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.