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Parker Quartet Chamber Music Residency

The USC School of Music continues its first chamber music residency with a series of public events, school outreach and special opportunities for chamber music enthusiasts offered in fall and spring.

The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation and has been hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary.”

The University of South Carolina is fortunate to have the Parker Quartet as USC Quartet-in-Residence. Recently also named the Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence at Harvard University, the world-renowned quartet members Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violin, Jessica Bodner, viola, and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello, will return to Columbia October 13-20, 2014 and March 17-23, 2015 for another year of coachings, master classes and public concerts.

High school students will again get an extraordinary opportunity to work with the world-renowned Parker Quartet during USC’s Chamber Music Day and Competition. The next Chamber Music Day and Competition is Saturday, March 21, 2015.


Fall 2014 Chamber Residency Concerts

 

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Parker Quartet Concert
Moore School Hall

Program: TBA
Adults $15; senior citizens, USC faculty & staff, and military $10; students $5
Purchase tickets: call 803-576-5763, email bevans@mozart.sc.edu, at the door, or online (coming soon).

Sunday, October 19, 5:00 p.m.
Parker Quartet Recital
Moore School Hall – FREE

Program: TBA

 

Fall 2014 Public Master Class

Friday, October 17, 7:30 pm.
School of Music Recital Hall
The public is invited to observe.


Spring 2015 Chamber Residency Concerts

 

Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Parker Quartet Concert
Moore School Hall

Program: TBA
Adults $15; senior citizens, USC faculty & staff, and military $10; students $5; Purchase tickets at the door or online (coming soon).

Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Chamber Music Day Participants Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – FREE

 

Sunday, March 22, 5:00 p.m.
Parker Quartet Recital
Moore School Hall – FREE

Program: TBA

 

Spring 2015 Public Master Class

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm.
School of Music Recital Hall
The public is invited to observe.


 Tayloe Harding, School of Music dean said about the residency,

The mission of the USC School of Music is to  prepare students for professional careers and leadership in music, serve as a cultural and educational center of excellence for South Carolina, generate creative activities in music that have impact, and to provide meaningful music experiences for all university constituents and friends. One of the chief ways we can meet all of these objectives with a single program is to engage in a meaningful residency with world-class musicians. The brand new Parker Quartet residency is our first sustained effort in this arena as it will bring quality and distinction to each of those four aspects of our mission.

The Quartet began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition and 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.

Parker Quartet members, violinists Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violist Jessica Bodner and cellist Kee-Hyun Kim, will present outreach and informance programs to Charleston area schools during their residency at USC. The Quartet is known for their k-12 educational programs, which are based on age group, musical experience and curriculum and help to educate young people about string quartets and what a composer does.

Robert Jesselson, professor of cello at USC, said, "I grew up in New York City having the opportunity to hear all the great string quartets of that generation. I would love for people in Columbia to have the same kind of opportunity to experience the exquisite joys of chamber music. The string quartet literature is the most rarefied, sophisticated and intimate in the repertoire. It draws the listener into a world that is sublime and intricate, and expresses the whole range of human emotions. It is a delicate but intense world in miniature."

This residency has been made possible by a grant from the Provost's office. For more information about the Parker Quartet, visit their website.