Chamber Concert at Morris Museum

October 17, 2020

Morris Museum


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.

Pre-show conversation between composer Trevor Weston and musician Philip Payton, beginning at 5:00PM on the back deck.

All blocks are $50 for an 8’x8′ block which accommodates up to 2 patrons. Patrons are welcome to arrive as early as 4:30PM to set up and enjoy the evening sun. Bring your own chairs.

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

Funding for this performance is made possible though the Musician Support Initiative, a special campaign to provide opportunities for ASO’s musicians while live performances with full orchestra are not possible.



October 17, 2020
6 PM
Morris Museum


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


Alberto Parrini