Pop-up Chamber Concert at Bryant Park

September 14, 2020

Bryant Park


A string quartet featuring musicians from the 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.

Artists, staff, and audience members will be required to follow all current COVID-19 guidelines.

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September 14, 2020
5:30 PM
Bryant Park


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 concert will be played without intermission and there is no reception.



Cyrus Beroukhim, Concertmaster


Philip Payton, Violin


William Frampton, Principal Viola


Alberto Parrini