American Symphony Orchestra’s Quartet

Saturday, October 17, 6:00PM
Rain Date: Sunday, October 25, 6:00PM

A string quartet featuring musicians from ASO will perform a program of works by Black composers. The quartet is comprised of ASO’s concertmaster Cyrus Beroukhim, violinist Phillip Payton, principal viola William Frampton, and cellist Alberto Parrini. This program was curated by Philip Payton to celebrate and explore the significant contributions to classical music by Black composers. Audience members will have a chance to hear music ranging from traditional gospel and folk songs arranged for string quartet by Florence Price—the first Black woman to have a composition performed by a major orchestra—to mesmerizing works by contemporary composers Jessie Montgomery and Trevor Weston.

Adolphus Hailstork
Three Spirituals for string quartet
I. We Shall Overcome

Jessie Montgomery
Voodoo Dolls for string quartet

Florence Price
Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint for String Quartet
No. I. Calvary. Adagio vigoroso
No.3 Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. Andantino
No.4 Shortnin’ Bread. Allegro

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
String Quartet No. 1, “Calvary”
I. Allegro
III. Rondo: Allegro vivace

Trevor Weston
Juba for String Quartet

William Grant Still
’Lyric Quartette’ (Musical Portraits of Three Friends) (1960) in three movements
I. The Sentimental One
II. The Quiet One (based on Inca melody)
III. The Jovial One

“The tradition of Black Music, Black Composers, and the Black experience in Classical Music”

Pre-show conversation between composer Trevor Weston and musician Philip Peyton, beginning at 5:00PM on the back deck. Free for ticketed patrons.


All blocks are $50 for an 8’x8′ block which accommodates up to 2 patrons. Patrons are welcome to arrive as early as 4:30PM to set up and enjoy the evening sun.

To purchase tickets over the phone, call the box office at 973-971-3706.

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Tickets must be ordered in advance by phone or online only. The rain date decision will be made by 12:00pm day of the event. Bring Your Own Chairs. Chairs will not be provided.

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Oct 17 2020


6:00 pm