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Concert Series Performer Parker Quartet Now in Residence at Harvard University

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Posted: Monday Oct 14, 2013

Oct. 14, 2013

The Parker String Quartet, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance and scheduled to be the third performer in the 2013-2014 Saint Vincent College Concert Series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center, has just been announced as the new quartet-in-residence at Harvard University.

The Harvard University Department of Music announced that the Parker Quartet will join the music department teaching faculty at Harvard University beginning in the fall of 2014. 
“Thanks to the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence Program, we have been fortunate to have had a Quartet-in-Residence for four weeks a year since 1985,” said Music Department chair Alexander Rehding. “However, the role of performance in the music department and the University has changed significantly, and this is the right time to bring professional musicians to campus as full-time residents. We are confident that the extended exposure to the string quartet will be highly beneficial to our students, especially our many talented undergraduate performers, allowing them to engage in the practice of chamber music on an unprecedented scale. We welcome the Parker Quartet to Harvard with immense pleasure.”

Members of the group include Daniel Chong, violin; Ying Xue , violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello.

Their program at Saint Vincent will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s “String Quartet No. 2 in G. Major, Op. 18, No. 2” and his “Grosse Fugue, Op. 133.” It will also feature Dmitri Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117.”

Hailed by the New York Times as “something extraordinary” and by the Boston Globe for their “virtuosic, utterly assured...assiduously cultivated blend of sound,” the Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation.

The quartet began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France.

In 2009, Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 seasons.

The quartet has been artists-in-residence with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media and can frequently be heard on “Performance Today,” NPR’s premier classical music show.

For further details, visit their website at www.parkerquartet.com.

Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for non-Saint Vincent students. Tickets may be purchased online at http://concertseries.stvincent.edu, by calling 724 805-2565, or at the door on concert evenings. Flex passes and group rates are also available.

A dinner concert package, A Classic Evening at Saint Vincent, is offered for $50 per person and includes dinner and a concert ticket. For subscribers and Flex Pass holders, the cost is $25. Advance reservations are required by calling 724-805-2565.

Continuing this season is a complimentary shuttle service between the parking areas and the performing arts center.

Upcoming concerts in the series include Eugenia Zukerman, flute, Saturday, Nov. 23; Julia Bullock, soprano, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014; Manhattan Piano Trio, Saturday, Feb. 22; Mayuko Kamio, violin, Saturday, March 29; and Kinan Azmeh’s City Band, Saturday, April 26.

Further details are available by contacting the Concert Series Box Office, 724-805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu.

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Photo: Parker String Quartet 

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