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The Grammy Award-Winning Harlem Quartet Performs in Oak Ridge and in Knoxville this Weekend

Amy Schroeder

Melony Dodson talks with violinist, Ilmar Gavilar, of the Harlem Quartet

The Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet advances diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. They believe in "cross pollination," which is the idea that there are commonalities between all types of music and that musics of seemingly different styles influence each other. Through programming that includes old and new compositions, the Harlem Quartet strives to make everyone feel welcome in the concert hall.

The quartet will perform in Oak Ridge on Saturday, March 19th at 7:30pm, with a free pre-concert lecture beginning at 7. This performance, through the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association's Chamber Music Series, will take place at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. On Sunday, March 20th, the quartet will perform in Powell Recital Hall, located in the Natalie Haslam Music Center, on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Part of the "Ready for the World" music series, this performance will begin at 2pm. Each of these performances will be unique, with contrasting programming (only one short composition will be repeated).

Educational outreach is vitally important to the quartet and they will be in residency at the University of Tennessee for three days, hosting master classes, private coachings, and discussions. A few of these will be open to the public, including a pre-college chamber ensemble master class on Sunday, March 20th at 7pm in the UT School of Music Orchestra Room, and a "Lunch and Learn" event in Room #270 of the UT Student Union on Tuesday, March 22nd at 11am.

Tickets and additional information can be found online at https://orcma.org/harlemquartet and https://calendar.utk.edu/event/ready_for_the_world_music_series?utm_campaign=widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=University+of+Tennessee%2C+Knoxville#.YjNnfejMJaR

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.