The Harlem Chamber Players

The Harlem Chamber Players is proud to be making its debut in the Newark community, thanks to Lawrence Tamburri and the Newark School of the Arts.

The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. In addition, The Harlem Chamber Players seek to build an audience for classical music in general through community and educational outreach, as well as through collaborations with Harlem's other arts organizations, schools and cultural institutions. The Harlem Chamber Players not only bring live chamber music to underserved neighborhoods in the Harlem community, but also create opportunities for classically trained minority musicians.

Harlem’s acclaimed chamber music series Music at St. Mary's began in 2008 as a partnership between clarinetist Liz Player and violist Charles Dalton, who met while performing at a Black History Month gala concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Inspired and encouraged by Janet Wolfe, founder of the New York City Housing Authority Orchestra and long-time patron of minority classical musicians, Ms. Player and Mr. Dalton created a summer music festival in the neighborhood of Manhattanville/West Harlem that provided dynamic chamber music concerts. The former rector Rev. Dr. Earl Kooperkamp of the historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church welcomed and supported the creation of an ongoing series.