19 January, 7.30pm
55 Princes Gate
London SW7 2PN
Harlem Quartet in association with Ognisko Ensemble
Member ticket price: £15
Non-member ticket price: £20
The opening night of the newly-founded Ognisko Ensemble's first concert series, sees a collaboration with a veteran ensemble: New York's Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet. The evining will feature the third of Bethoven's Razumovsky Quartets, two standard jazz numbers specifically arranged for the Harlem Quartet who cross between classical and jazz genres effortlessly. The second half opens with the evocative and dazzling but rarely heard quartet for rour violins by the profilic Polish composer and virtuoso violinist Grażyna Bacewicz followed by one of the greatest and most exuberant masterpieces of all chamber music - the Octet by Felix Mendelssohn.
New York-based HARLEM QUARTET, currently serving a three-year residency at London's Royal College of Music, has been praised for its "panache" by The New York Times and hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for "bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intellgent".
The OGNISKO ENSEMBLE, have its first concert in 2015 at Ogniso Polskie in London where it is all about to embark the first yar of its residency. Founded and directed by violinist Michał Ćwiżewicz, the ensemble brings together leading chmaber musicians in diverse programmes featuring string and piano ensembles, song and instrumental recitals, as well as collaboratig with other artists and groups in the UK and abroad.