Sunday, October 7, 2018
Moravian College, Foy Concert Hall
- Debussy Quartet in G Minor, Op.10
- Paul Wiancko Strange Beloved Land (2013)
- Beethoven Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74, “The Harp”
A string quartet for the new millennium, the Parker Quartet was formed in 2002 by graduate students at the New England Conservatory of Music, refined in that institution’s Professional Quartet Training Program from 2006 to 2008, and mentored by original members of the Cleveland Quartet. Based in Boston, the ensemble is currently in residence at Harvard University, as well as at the University of South Carolina School of Music.
In 2011, the group’s Naxos recording of György Ligeti’s complete string quartets won the Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance. Other Parker Quartet recordings feature the works of Bartók, Augusta Read Thomas, and Jeremy Gill. Recent gigs include jamming with jazz pianist Billy Childs at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and performing in theJukebox series at the Kennedy Center.
Confessing to a passionate belief “in the power of music to change lives” and assuming “the responsibility to keep the string quartet repertoire relevant and alive for audiences of all ages,” the ensemble frequently collaborates with other artists on special projects, for example, participating in the “Schubert Effect” project with pianist Shai Wosner at the 92nd Street Y and supporting Music for Food, violist Kim Kashkashian’s project benefitting food banks and shelters across the United States.