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Something extraordinary – the Parker Quartet returns to Columbia


World renowned string quartet returns for concerts, coachings and outreach

“They propel the music irresistibly but with extraordinary grace and flexibility and above all, they make sense of the music.” – Washington Post

Now in its third year as the University of South Carolina’s Quartet-in-Residence, the Parker Quartet is becoming a staple for fortunate Columbia audiences and USC students of chamber music. The world-renowned string quartet returns to USC for a week of public concerts, master classes and community outreach November 9–15.

The Parker Quartet gets frequent accolades by music critics. The Washington Post described them as having “exceptional virtuosity and imaginative interpretation.” The Boston Globe applauds their “fiercely committed performances” and says they are “intense, virtuosic, utterly assured.” The New York Times called them simply “something extraordinary.”

The Grammy Award-winning quartet began touring on the international circuit after winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for three consecutive seasons, and supports USC’s Residency Partnership Program with its Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

A grant from the provost office brought them to USC for the first residency year and subsequent years have been supported with donations, including an anonymous $100,000 challenge gift to create a permanent endowment for the string quartet residency.

2015-2016 Parker Quartet Residency
November 9-15, 2015

Open to the Public:

Parker Quartet Concert

Tues., Nov. 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business (1014 Greene St)


General admission Adults $15
DISCOUNTS: Senior Citizens, USC Faculty & Staff, and Military $10; Students $5
Purchase tickets online, at the door or call 803-576-5763.


Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No.11 in F minor
György Kurtág - String Quartet
Robert Schumann – String Quartet in A Minor


Free Parker Quartet Family Concert

Sun., Nov. 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business (1014 Greene St)


Karol Szymanowski – String Quartet No.1, Op. 37
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – String Quartet No.1 in D Major


Public Master Class

Fri., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
USC School of Music Recital Hall (813 Assembly St.)
If you have ever wondered what takes place during a master class with world-class musicians, you can observe as members of the Parker Quartet coach USC student chamber music ensembles.

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