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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 got an extraordinary opportunity to work with the world-renowned Parker Quartet during USC’s Chamber Music Day and Competition on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Spring 2014 Chamber Residency Concerts


Tuesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Parker Quartet Concert
School of Music Recital Hall

Haydn – Quartet Op. 77 No. 1
Schulhoff – Quartet No. 1
Beethoven – Quartet Op. 59 No. 1

Adults $15; senior citizens and students $5; Capitol Tickets 803-251-2222; online or Koger Box Office, corner of Greene and Park Streets.

Sunday, March 30, 5:00 p.m.
Parker Quartet Recital
School of Music Recital Hall – FREE

Gill – Capriccio
Shostakovich – Quartet No. 9

Chamber Residency Coaching and Master Classes

Monday, March 24, 1:10
Violin, viola and cello master classes

Wednesday, March 26, 1:10 p.m.
Seminar for USC music students
School of Music Recital Hall
Outreach program for Columbia public schools

Thursday, March 27
Coaching USC chamber groups

Friday, March 28
Coaching USC chamber groups
2:30-4:00 p.m. – Jeremy Gill and Parkers in composition seminar
7:30 p.m. – public chamber music master class

Saturday, March 29 - The day's events are open to the public
USC Chamber Music Day – invited quartets from area schools work with Parker Quartet and USC faculty.
11:00 a.m. – Jeremy Gill and Parker Quartet performance
7:30 p.m. – Recital by participants in the School of Music Recital Hall

 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.