Payne Memorial Concert Harlem Quartet – UGA Performing Arts Center
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“The Harlem Quartet takes the whole universe of music as their domain.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

Harlem Quartet has been praised for its “panache” (New York Times) and for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing, and intelligent” (Cincinnati Enquirer). The quartet advances diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by composers of color. Their program culminates in one of the most beloved string quartets — by Claude Debussy — after a set that ranges from bittersweet rags to a familiar jazz standard.

Payne Memorial Concert 

The Payne Memorial Concert is named in honor of Dr. William Jackson “Jack” Payne, former Dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, who founded the Franklin College Chamber Music Series in 1978. Dean Payne had a great love of the arts and his wish was that the college should make a significant contribution to the cultural life of both the University and the Athens community through the chamber music series. In honor of his efforts, the Payne Memorial Concert is presented free to the public once each season.

Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall (View Seating Chart)

230 River Road
Athens, GA 30605
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Ilmar Gavilán, violin
Melissa White, violin
Jaime Amador, viola
Felix Umansky, cello


WILLIAM BOLCOM: Three Rags for String Quartet
GUIDO LÓPEZ-GAVILÁN: Cuarteto en Guaguancó
JOHN BIRKS “DIZZY” GILLESPIE: A Night in Tunisia (arr. Dave Glenn and Harlem Quartet)
DEBUSSY: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

Supported by

Virginia Mary Macagnoni