String Quartet No. 5 (2014)

String Quartet No. 5 was composed during the month of May 2014 in Hampton, Virginia for the Marian Anderson String Quartet. The work is inspired by the “Motherless Child” spiritual. The movements are to be performed attacca.

Harvey J. Stokes
Duration of movements:
I. Moderato assai ca. 5’ 14”
II. Adagio dolce ca. 6’ 32”
III. Allegro non troppo – Adagietto ca. 4’ 30”
Total Duration: ca. 16′ 16″

Instrumentation: Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello.

String Quartet No. 5

Score and Parts


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Performed 11/8/20 by Symphonicity String Quartet (Megan Van Gomple–Violin I, Lynette Andrews–Violin II, Shirley Smith–Viola, Mary Ann Hughes–Violoncello) at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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From left to right: Megan Van Gomple, Lynette Andrews, Harvey Stokes, Shirley Smith, Mary Ann Hughes

Performed 11/15/20 by Symphonicity String Quartet (Danielle Fagan–Violin I, Alexandra Loubeau–Violin II, Brenda Johnson–Viola, Deb Ramos-Smiley—Violoncello) at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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From left to right: Danielle Fagan, Alexandra Loubeau, Harvey Stokes, Brenda Johnson, Deb Ramos-Smiley

See art, hear live classical music at MOCA in Virginia Beach

NOV 04, 2020 AT 3:01 PM
VIRGINIA BEACH — A Symphonicity concert at MOCA. Finally.
Daniel W. Boothe, music director and conductor of Symphonicity, and Gary Ryan, executive director of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, had batted around the idea of the Virginia Beach entities working together.
The pandemic, ironically, provided a unique opportunity.
On Nov. 8 and 15, visitors are invited to walk-through concerts that will take them through current exhibitions while listening to live classical music that ties into the themes of the work. Boothe said he believes the immersive art collaboration is a first for the two groups.
“Gary and I saw the possibilities of how we could do something very unique and special that would benefit our community, benefit art lovers and music lovers,” Boothe said.
Each performance is limited to 60 people. As a pre-event treat, visitors will be greeted by instrumentalists playing outdoors, weather permitting. During the walk-throughs, the 60 patrons will be divided into four groups and will be escorted through the galleries at staggered times.
“With the traditional concert, you sit and you listen,” Boothe said. “Here, you are going to be hearing music not only from different directions but you’re going to be hearing instruments with a certain kind of intimacy. … You could walk by a violinist as they are soaring on that beautiful note or hear a cello take a line just as you are experiencing and reading about a magnificent piece of art.”
MOCA opened the “Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black and Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art from the Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman” at the end of March, just as COVID-19 restrictions closed venues in the area. It also opened its annual “New Waves” juried exhibition and “Hampton Boyer: There’s No Place Like Here.”
“Shifting Gaze” represents the work of 27 artists and looks at race and identity.
One of the venues that closed with the pandemic was the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, home of Symphonicity, the symphony orchestra for Virginia Beach.
Boothe and his volunteer musicians had planned a 40th anniversary season called “Breaking Barriers” that was going to highlight composers from different ethnic backgrounds, particularly underrepresented artists “who don’t get as much attention as they deserve,” Boothe said.
The museum’s exhibition and the orchestra’s repertoire couldn’t have been better matched, he said.
One of the featured composers is George Walker, who was born in 1922 and became the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. Symphonicity will play Walker’s renowned “Lyric for Strings,” which Walker wrote in memory of his grandmother, who had been enslaved and lost her first husband when he was sold in a slave auction.
Boothe said the musicians will also include work by Harvey Stokes, principal oboist with the symphony and a professor of music at Hampton University. He’s also added music by the late Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla to complement the cultural mix of the artwork.
String music is perfect for a COVID-19 restricted environment, Boothe said, because musicians can wear masks. If the weather plays along, visitors will be serenaded by wind instruments in the parking lot, since blowing trumpets and trombones is safest outdoors with the musicians spaced apart.
The events are available only to MOCA members and current Symphonicity subscribers. Each performance will start with a celebratory toast to the symphony orchestra’s milestone anniversary and this opportunity to finally collaborate with MOCA. Symphonicity subscriptions are closed for now, but Virginia MOCA memberships are available and start at $50.
“We would probably have to subtract a whole concert from the Sandler Center to make room to do something like this,” Boothe said of Symphonicity’s typical packed schedule.
“The pandemic created an opportunity that we embraced.”
Denise M. Watson, 757-446-2504,