The Overlook is a quartet of accomplished string players dedicated to amplifying the music of Black composers, by looking to voices both celebrated and underperformed and seeking out living composers to perform and commission. Through this work, The Overlook upholds a commitment to a more representative canon. The quartet will perform “If the Stars Align,” a program dedicated to the music of living Black female composers Leila Adu, Shelley Washington and Eleanor Alberga
Violinists Monica Davis and Ravenna Lipchik have held chairs in Broadway orchestras and toured internationally with renowned chamber ensembles; violist Angela Pickett and cellist Laura Metcalf are members of award-winning string quintet Sybarite5. The four friends and colleagues formed the quartet in 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, a time when creative work had all but disappeared from the artistic landscape of New York. The quartet has performed dozens of in-person and online concerts presented by the Kaufman Music Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Strathmore Arts and many others.
The Overlook Quartet’s performance of “If the Stars Align”, part of a two-day festival of community performance activities in the Bronx, is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the Bronx Council on the Arts.