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Harlem Quartet advances its mission to increase diversity by bringing classical music to venues around the world. On Tuesday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m., the famed string quartet will bring its exciting blend of classical, jazz and world music to Bishop State Community College. The performance is free and open to all students and faculty of the college. The concert will be held in the Theater of the Oliver H. Delchamps Student Activities Building on the main campus of the college located at 351 North Broad Street, Mobile, AL 36603. This event is made possible by grants from the Community Foundation of South Alabama, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Chamber Music America and the Mary Josephine Larkins Foundation. The concert is part of a year-long residency in which Mobile Symphony has brought the world-renowned quartet to more than 14,000 people in Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, Clarke and Monroe counties. This week marks the end of this phenomenal education and outreach residency. “Mobile Symphony is delighted to share Harlem Quartet’s extraordinary talent with the students and faculty at this important educational institution in south Alabama,” said Mobile Symphony CEO and President Celia Mann Baehr. “It will be bittersweet for us, though, because this week’s events end a fantastic year with an engaging ensemble that has touched thousands of residents in our community. We will miss the Harlem Quartet.” After a 2014 Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert featuring the quartet, Baehr and violinist and founding member Melissa White realized they shared a mission to engage young and new audiences in classical music. “Upon crossing paths with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra in 2014, we immediately felt a strong connection with their musical integrity and desire to connect with the greater Mobile community,” White said. “As a result of our blended artistic passions, we continued nurturing our relationship and immediately began working on a way to turn our short-term residency work into a longer term project.” The Harlem Quartet was formed by the Sphinx Organization in 2006 to bring classical music to inner-city school children. Since then, the quartet’s accomplished musicians have brought their mission around the world, with a White House performance for President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama and successful tours throughout Europe, Latin America and South Africa
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