Parker Quartet to Perform on Campus
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Parker Quartet, Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s first artists-in-residence, perform January 23 at Kresge Recital Hall on the campus of Augustana College.
The Parker Quartet began its professional touring career in 2002, and in 2005 sparked international acclaim by winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. Most recently, the group was awarded the prestigious 2009 Cleveland Quartet Award.
Admission to the 2:00 p.m. concert at Augustana is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. MPR members receive a discount. For tickets, go to www.augietickets.com or call the Augustana Box Office at 605.274.5320.
Take a sneak peek of the quartet playing
String Quartet No. 1, 1st movement
(for Naxos records)
Members of The Parker Quartet are Daniel Chong (violin), Karen Kim (violin), Jessica Bodner (viola) and Kee-Hyun Kim (cello). Each holds graduate degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. The ensemble has been profiled in Time Out NY, The Boston Globe, Chamber Music Magazine, and on MusicalAmerica.com for their pioneering performances in non-traditional venues.
In today’s issue of the Washington Post, Joe Banno, writes: “The Parker String Quartet -- a youthful ensemble of New England Conservatory grads -- brought freshness and light to the first of the late quartets, the E-flat Quartet, Op. 127, at the Library of Congress on Friday. There was a notable ardor and tenderness to the first movement, a rapt reflectiveness in the second, and subtly inflected, quicksilver engagement with Beethoven's intricate writing in the Scherzando and Finale. Nothing was offhand or superficial in the Parker's emotionally mature reading, but the players found the breath of youth under the composer's autumnal ruminations.”
The quartet is currently in its second season as Quartet-in-Residence with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition to the Quartet’s extensive international tours, recent US appearances include performances at the Library of Congress, the Caramoor Center, Market Square Concerts, and the Detroit Chamber Music Society.
In addition to its concert at Augustana, the Parker Quartet performs January 21 at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN; February 2 at College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN; March 4 at Luther College in Decorah, IA; and April 15 at The Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.
Director, News Information