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Quote in article on quartet taken out of context

I must address a quote that was attributed to me in the Nov. 18 Boston Sunday Globe front-page story on the Harlem Quartet, an admirable article in most other ways (“Four dependent parts, one giant hole”). I am quoted as saying that the Harlem Quartet did not play as well as other quartets, but that I chose them for New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program because I was excited that they were a minority group. This statement is a composite of two unrelated thoughts expressed in an interview several minutes apart, but combined in the article into a single paragraph.

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