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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.

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.

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