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Something extraordinary returns to the School of Music

The Parker Quartet shares inspiring performances and exceptional musicianship

“something extraordinary” – The New York Times
“exceptional virtuosity and imaginative interpretation” – The Washington Post

The USC School of Music's Quartet-in-Residence program with the world-renowned Parker Quartet brings a series of public concerts, master classes, community outreach and special opportunities for chamber music enthusiasts each fall and spring. The fall residency, October 24 through 28, brings a new member and a new collaboration with UofSC’s music faculty.

Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The Quartet has appeared at the world’s most important venues since its founding in 2002. Ensemble members Daniel Chong, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello, welcome new member Ken Hamao, violin, described by The New York Times as having “especially eloquent playing.”

Community outreach programs during this fall’s residency are at the Midlands Arts Conservatory, a public charter school opened in August 2018 currently enrolling 6th and 7th graders. The tuition-free, accredited public school is designed to prepare students for success in post-secondary and careers in the arts, visual, music, dance and theater; the Midlands Lifelong Learning program at the Lourie Center that provides opportunities for adults over 50 to remain physically fit, socially engaged, intellectually stimulated and independent; and the USC String Project, a nationally recognized program offering beginning classes for children in 3rd through 5th grade and beginning classes for adults.

You do not want to miss these opportunities for the public to enjoy:

Parker Quartet Concert
Thursday, October 25 - 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall (813 Assembly St.)
The Parker Quartet’s Daniel Chong and Ken Hamao, violins; Jessica Bodner, viola; and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello
The program:
Ludwig van Beethoven - Quartet in B flat, op. 18, no. 6
György Kurtág - Six moments musicaux, op. 44
György Kurtág - Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervanksky, op. 28
Claude Debussy - String Quartet in G minor, op. 10

Tickets: Adults $15; Students $5; Seniors/Military/USC Faculty & Staff $10 (School of Music faculty, staff, and students - free) Buy tickets online here or at the door.

Parker Quartet and Friends Family Concert
Sunday, October 28 - 5:00 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 (1051 Greene St.)
The Parker Quartet is joined by music faculty members Craig Butterfield, double bass; Joseph Eller, clarinet; JD Shaw, horn; and Michael Harley, bassoon
The program:
Franz Schubert - Octet in F major, D. 803

Master Classes are open and free to the public to observe at the USC School of Music building:

Individual Instrument Master Classes
Friday, October 26, 2:00 p.m.
Violin: Recital Hall and Room 214 ; Viola: Room 201; Cello: Room 040

Chamber Music Master Class
Friday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall

For more about the Parker Quartet, visit their website.

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