The Harlem Quartet “played with warmth, convincing climaxes and a final, effective ebbing into silence . . .Kudos to the cellist's groove, the violist's bravado, the second violinist's smiling projection and the first's heroic élan and leading . . .exemplary balances and voicing.”

Paquito D’Rivera “has become the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and
promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and Mozart.”




Seligman Performing Arts Center
22305 W. 13 Mile Road (at Lahser)
Beverly Hills, MI 48025

Bolcom: Poltergeist, from Three Rags for String Quartet
Debussy: Assez vif et bien rythmé, from String Quartet in G minor
Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major, Op. 34
D’Rivera: Four Original Works for Clarinet and Strings
     Suite Aires Tropicales; Invitación al Danzón
     La Fleur de Cayenne; A Farewell Mambo

The CMSD’s celebration of the clarinet continues as living legend and 14-time Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera joins the amazing Harlem Quartet, a CMSD regular now making its Signature Series debut.  This uniquely unconventional program pairs a selection of exquisite classical gems with D’Rivera’s own beautiful Latin jazz compositions and improvisations.

The New York-based Harlem Quartet has been hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” With a mission to advance diversity in classical in classical music, it has become known for diverse programming that combines music from the standard string quartet canon with jazz, Latin, and contemporary works.  Since its debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the ensemble has thrilled audiences and students across North and South America, Europe and South Africa.  Among its recordings is a multi-Grammy award winning collaboration with jazz masters Chick Corea and Gary Burton.

Paquito D'Rivera is celebrated worldwide both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. Born in Havana, he studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music. In 1973, D’Rivera became co-director of Irakere, a popular ensemble whose explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical, and traditional Cuban music had never before been heard; the band won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Ensemble in 1979.  In 1981, while on tour in Spain, D'Rivera sought asylum in the United States. Since then he has toured the world with his ensembles and has made more than 30 solo albums. 

Paquito D’Rivera has become the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and classical.   He has appeared with, or written commissions for, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic and the Simón Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra, among others. In recognition of his contributions, in 2005 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.