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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.

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The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has 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 March 15–23, 2015 for coachings, master classes, outreach and public concerts.

High school students will again get an extraordinary opportunity to work with the world-renowned Parker Quartet during USC’s Chamber Music Day and Competition. The next Chamber Music Day and Competition is Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Spring 2015 Parker Quartet Schedule



Parker Quartet Concert

Tues., March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business (1014 Greene St)
Mozart Quartet in B Flat Major, K.458 "Hunt"
Jörg Widmann Quartet No.3 "Jagdquartett"
Brahms Quartet in B Flat Major, Op.67
Adults $15; senior citizens, USC faculty & staff, and military $10; students $5; Purchase tickets at the door or online.

Free Parker Quartet Concert

Sun., March 22, 5:00 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business (1014 Greene St)
Schulhoff Five Pieces for String Quartet
Schubert Quartet No.14 in D Minor, D.810 "Death and the Maiden"

Chamber Music Day Participants Competition

Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall – FREE

Master Classes and Coachings

Monday, March 16
Instrumental master classes for USC students (1:00 – 2:15 p.m.)
Chamber music coachings for USC students (evening)

Wednesday, March 18
Coach USC chamber music (1:10 p.m. Seminar)

Thursday, March 19
Coach USC chamber music

Saturday, March 21
Chamber Music Day
Invited quartets from area high schools work with Parker Quartet and USC faculty.

Public Master Class

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm.
School of Music Recital Hall
The public is invited to observe.


Friday, March 20
Irmo High School (10 –11:20 a.m.)
Dutch Fork High School (12:06 – 1:30 p.m.)

 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.