New York Times-celebrated ensemble Catalyst Quartet culminates their trio of performances from their latest project, UNCOVERED, with the work of composers Jessie Montgomery, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and George Walker. WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon hosts. This program is presented in collaboration with WQXR.
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- Jessie Montgomery – Strum
- George Walker – Lyric for Strings
- Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson – String Quartet No. 1 “Calvary”
Hailed by The New York Times at its Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished… playing with earthy vigor,” the Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet was founded by the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Organization in 2010. The ensemble (Karla Donehew Perez, violin; Abi Fayette, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; and Karlos Rodriguez, cello) believes in the unity that can be achieved through music and imagine their programs and projects with this in mind, redefining and reimagining the classical music experience.
UNCOVERED, conceived in 2018, is an ongoing performance and muti-volume anthology recorded on the Azica label. Vol. 1, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with guest collaborators Stewart Goodyear (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet), released on February 5th, 2021. Vol. 2 is devoted to Florence B. Price and future volumes will include Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still and George Walker.