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Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet returns to Columbia in April

Concerts are April 4 and 7 and tickets are on sale now

The University of South Carolina School of Music welcomes back the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet for their spring residency. The Quartet-in-Residency program, begun in 2013, provides world-class instruction to our students and extraordinary concerts for our community of music enthusiasts.

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 back new member Ken Hamao, violin, described by The New York Times as having “especially eloquent playing.”

In addition, the spring residency offers an extraordinary opportunity for high school students during the Chamber Music Day and String Quartet Competition. The Quartet mentors pre-formed string quartets through intensive coachings and master classes throughout the day, leading to a performance and competition in the evening. Coaches are members of the Parker Quartet and the USC School of Music string faculty. Please join us for the competition to hear these talented young artists.

The April concerts promise to be as breathtaking as ever, and the Sunday concert is free to encourage families to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

2019 Spring Residency April 3–7, 2019

 

Parker Quartet Concert

Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall
Buy tickets here.
The Program:
Mozart – Quartet in E-flat major
Iannis Xenakis – Tetras
Beethoven – String Quartet in E-flat major “Harp”

Chamber Music Master Class

Fri, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall

Parker Quartet Family Concert

Sunday, April 7, 5:00 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1
Free
The Program:
Strauss - Capriccio for String Sextet
Brahms – Sextet in G major
With Daniel Sweaney, viola, and Robert Jesselson, cello


2019 Chamber Music Day and High School String Quartet Competition

Advanced high school string quartets have a unique opportunity to work with the world-renowned Parker Quartet. The Quartet mentors pre-formed student string quartets through intensive coachings and master classes throughout the day, leading to a performance and competition in the evening. Coaches are members of the Parker Quartet and the USC School of Music string faculty.

High School Master Classes

Saturday, April 6, 3:15-5:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall and Room 006

High School String Quartet Performance and Competition

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall


Learn more here.