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Harlem String Quartet

July 13, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ludwig van Beethoven (1833-1897)
String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 4
I. Allegro, ma non tanto
II. Scherzo: Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro
Joaquin Turina (1882-1949)
Piano Quartet in A minor
I. Lento: Andante mosso
II. Vivo
III. Andante: Allegretto – Allegro molto
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
String Quartet, Op. 80
I. Allegro vivace assai
II. Allegro assai
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Allegro molto


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Harlem String Quartet

Harlem String Quartet

The Harlem Quartet, an innovative and daring all-black and Latino string quartet, all first place Laureates of the Annual Sphinx Competition, made their acclaimed debut in the fall of 2006 at Carnegie Hall and at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. In addition to being avid chamber musicians, each member of the Quartet is a seasoned solo artist, having appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Sinaloa de los Artes (Mexico) and Baltimore Symphonies and the Boston Pops.

Ilmar Gavilan, violin

A native of Havana, Cuba, Mr. Gavilan left the Havana Conservatory of Music at the age of 14 for advanced studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Later studies took him to Spain’s Reina Sofia School of Music and finally to the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he studied with Glenn Dicterow, Yehudi Menuhin, Ruggiero Ricci and Isaac Stern, among others. Mr. Gavilan won top honors at the Lipinsky-Wieniaswsky International Violin Competition in Poland and the International Henryk Sveryng Violin Competition as well as the Sphinx Competition. He is currently concertmaster of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and is on the faculty at the Juilliard School.

Melissa White, violin

A recent graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Ida Kavafian, Melissa White has appeared as soloist with many of the nation’s leading orchestras including the Boston Pops and the symphonies of Cleveland, Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Colorado, New Jersey, Cincinnati and San Antonio. She made a solo appearance with the New York Symphonic Ensemble at the famous Apollo Theatre and was named the 2006 Harmony Scholar by the Panasonic Corporation. An active chamber musician, Ms. White is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players in Jacksonville, Florida, and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Musicians in New York. She is a senior faculty member of the Sphinx Performance Academy.

Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola

Canadian born violist Hernandez is a first prize winner at the National Canadian Music Competition, the Sillery Music Competition and the Clermont-Pepin Music Competition as well as receiving the Gold Achievement Award at the 2006 National Sphinx Competition. He began his violin studies at age seven. then switched to the viola five years later. He is currently studying with Paul Coletti at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. As a Sphinx artist, he gave solo performances with the Atlanta and Colorado Symphonies and the Rochester Philharmonic. Mr. Hernandez toured with the prestigious I Palpiti Chamber Orchestra in ‘05 to Slovenia, Salzburg, New Mexico, Los Angeles and to Israel in ‘06.

Desmond Neysmith, cello

Cellist Neysmith is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music where he received prizes and awards from The Countess of Munster Trust, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Myra Hess Fund, The Emmanuel Hurwitz Chamber Music Charitable Trust, the Dorothy Grinstead Fund, the KPMG Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Annual Sphinx Competition. He has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Baltimore, Hartford, Louisiana and Florida as well as with La Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes in Culiacan, Mexico, where he currently holds the co-principal chair.

Delores Stevens, piano

Delores Stevens

A pianist whose professional career has shined with many facets, Delores Stevens achieved early success by winning the coveted Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena California and recently she received the “Living Legacy Award” from the Young Musician’s Foundation in ceremonies at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. As a member of the acclaimed Montagnana Trio, she gave more than 500 concerts throughout Europe and North America. Delores Stevens has received many accolades for her inspired performances of contemporary music. For example, a Los Angeles Times music critic described her collaboration with violinist Paul Zukovsky as “…the definitive performance.” And Newsweek’s Alan Rich wrote, “She tamed (this) energetic, unruly, immensely challenging music with splendid technique… All of her program demonstrated her special mastery.” At home on the international concert stage, Delores Stevens toured Japan twice in the 90’s; one of which was under the auspices of the US State Department and recently she has performed in Australia and South America. She has recorded for 16 different record labels in all genres of music from Hindemith to Mozart, and her solo piano CD recording Pilgrimage is available on the Dominguez Digital label. Always a tireless champion of new music, she has commissioned and premiered works by more than two dozen composers and has been winner of the prestigious Performer Award from the National Association of Composers. In addition, in 1988 she was awarded a 6-year Touring Solo Artist Grant from the California Arts Council. Delores Stevens has served six terms as governor and trustee of the “Grammy” sponsor Recording Academy in Los Angeles and has been Director of the Chamber Music Program for the Young Musician’s Foundation for the last two decades. (She has served MVCMS as Artistic Director since its inception 45 years ago)


July 13, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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