The Harlem Quartet formed in 2006 after the members won first prize in a competition by Detroit’s Sphinx Organization. That nonprofit — in its mission to promote diversity in classical music — named the newly commissioned group after the historied neighborhood where early performances would take place. Notably, Harlem’s inner-city schoolchildren were the listeners that coerced a jazz side out of the otherwise polished classical musicians. Their online bio reads: “What started as a tool to be more accessible to the kids developed into a true affinity for jazz … to the point that it shaped our artistic identity.” The band links this “stylistically bilingual quality” with its receipt of a 2013 Grammy Award for the song “Mozart Goes Dancing.” The masterful artists perform at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m. $38. ashevillechambermusic.org. Photo courtesy of the band
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