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Parker Quartet Chamber Music Residency

Our Chamber Music Residency with the world-renowned Parker Quartet brings a series of public concerts, masterclasses, community outreach and special opportunities for chamber music enthusiasts each fall and spring.

The Parker Quartet has been called “something extraordinary”

— The New York Times

2023 Spring Residency 

Historic Columbia logo In celebration of its tenth anniversary as artist-in-residence with The University of South Carolina, the Parker Quartet will perform the complete Beethoven String Quartets over the course of six concerts in a special partnership with Historic Columbia.  

These concerts featuring the complete Beethoven String Quartets performed by the Parker Quartet is a historic event, as they have never before been performed in Columbia, South Carolina. Holding the concerts in venues that existed during Beethoven’s lifetime adds to the uniqueness of this exciting endeavor.

The goal of the presenting the Beethoven Cycle is to bring chamber music to audiences old and new, near and far, expanding the reach of this beloved composer and the Grammy-winning artists who will perform his works. Thanks to a partnership with our friends at Historic Columbia, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Rutledge Chapel, the School of Music is paving the way for innovation through classical music by offering these concerts FREE to the public.

All concerts are free, but seating is limited at historic properties. Click here to reserve seats.  Tickets

Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. — SOLD OUT

Rutledge Chapel*
University of South Carolina Horseshoe

Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 (Sponsored by Pat Smith)

Friday, March 24, 7:30 pm. — SOLD OUT

Robert Mills House*   **
1616 Blanding Street / Columbia, SC 29201
Sponsored by Benjamin and Jerry Dell Gimarc

Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 (“The Harp”)
Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

Sunday, March 26, 5:30 p.m.

Darla Moore Johnson Performance Hall
Sponsored by Emory and Christina Clark

Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
“Grosse Fuge,” Op. 133
Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1

Monday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral*
1100 Sumter Street / Columbia, SC 29201

Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso” 
Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 (Sponsored by Carol Saunders)

Wednesday, March 29,  7:30 p.m. — SOLD OUT

Seibels House*  **
1601 Richland Street / Columbia, SC 29201

Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 (Sponsored by Suzanne Thorpe  and John Baynes)
Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130

Thursday, March 30,  7:30 p.m.

School of Music Recital Hall
Complimentary valet parking will be available for this performance!
Sponsored by Robert Jesselson and Sara Schechter-Schoeman

Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2

*Historic Columbia location
**Due to its historic architecture, this venue is not handicap accessible.

As you can imagine, an undertaking of this magnitude requires additional funding, so we invite you to be a part of the Beethoven cycle, a once in a life time event, by sponsoring the series, a concert, individual works or other needs of the Series. All donors will be recognized publicly, both in print and digitally. Please contact Audra Vaz for more information.

Our friend, fellow supporter and local artist, Christina Clark, has created a commemorative poster in honor of the Series. This unique artwork is $20 and is available for puchase here

Masterclass Schedule

March 25,  1:00 p.m.
Instrumental Masterclasses
Violin Room 210 and Room 006
Viola Room 232, Cello Room 040

2:00 p.m.
Chamber Music Masterclass
School of Music Recital Hall

About the Parker Quartet

Parker QuartetInspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong and Ken Hamao, violins; Jessica Bodner, viola, Kee-Hyun Kim, cello).

Internationally recognized for their “fearless, yet probingly beautiful” (The Strad) performances, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music. Inspired performances and exceptional musicianship are hallmarks of the Quartet, having appeared at the world’s most illustrious venues since its founding in 2002.

This season the Quartet marks their 20th anniversary with The Beethoven Project, a multi-faceted initiative which includes performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets; the commissioning of six composers to write encores inspired by Beethoven’s quartets; the creation of a new video library spotlighting each Beethoven quartet; and bringing Beethoven’s music to non-traditional venues around the Quartet’s home base of Boston, including homeless shelters and youth programs.

The Quartet is committed to working with composers of today — recent commissions include works by Augusta Read Thomas, Felipe Lara, Jaehyuck Choi, and Zosha di Castri. Celebrating the process of creation, the Quartet recorded three new commissions by Kate Soper, Oscar Bettison, and Vijay Iyer as part of Miller Theatre’s Mission: Commission podcast.

Additionally, the Quartet regularly collaborates with a diverse range of artists, including pianists Menahem Pressler, Orion Weiss, Shai Wosner, Billy Childs, and Vijay Iyer; members of the Silk Road Ensemble; clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann; clarinetists Anthony McGill and Charles Neidich; flutist Claire Chase; and violist Kim Kashkashian, featured on their recent Dvořák recording. The Quartet also continues to be a strong supporter of Kashkashian’s project Music for Food, participating in concerts throughout the United States for the benefit of various food banks and shelters.

Recording projects continue to be an important facet of the Quartet’s artistic output. Described by Gramophone Magazine as a ”string quartet defined by virtuosity so agile that it’s indistinguishable from the process of emotional expression,” their newest release for ECM Records features Dvořák's Viola Quintet as well as György Kurtág's Six Moments Musicaux and Officium breve in memoriam. The Strad also declared the album as “nothing short of astonishing.” Under the auspices of the Monte Carlo Festival Printemps des Arts, they recorded a disc of three Beethoven quartets, of which Diapason “admired the group’s fearlessness, exceptional control, and attention to detail.” The Quartet can also be heard playing Mendelssohn on Nimbus Records, Bartók on Zig-Zag Territoires, and the complete Ligeti Quartets on Naxos, for which they won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

In addition to residency at the University of South Carolina, the members of the Parker Quartet serve as Professors of the Practice and Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music. They spend summers on faculty at the Banff Centre’s Evolution: Quartet program.

Founded and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France’s Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award.

For more information about the Parker Quartet, visit their website.

About the Chamber Music Residency

This Quartet-in-Residence Program has received support from the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund, grants from the USC Provost's Office, and donations including an anonymous $100,000 challenge gift to create a permanent endowment for the string quartet residency, the Jesselson Family Endowment Fund.

Our goal is to match this gift dollar for dollar in order to receive the full amount, bringing the total endowment to $200,000. Please let us know if you would be interested in helping us to meet this challenge!

For more information, contact Audra Vaz.

Photos: © Beowulf Sheehan

Chamber Events

Parker Quartet Beethoven Cycle - Rutledge Chapel

Thursday, Mar. 23, 2023

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: Free

Parker Quartet Beethoven Cycle - Robert Mills House

Friday, Mar. 24, 2023

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: Free

Parker Quartet Chamber Music Masterclass

Saturday, Mar. 25, 2023

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: FREE

Parker Quartet Beethoven Cycle - Johnson Hall

Sunday, Mar. 26, 2023

Location: Darla Moore School of Business 101 - Johnson Performance Hall

Cost: Free

Parker Quartet Beethoven Cycle - Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Monday, Mar. 27, 2023

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: n/a

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