MPR Artists-In-Residence Tour brings Parker Quartet to Luther March 4

Feb. 3, 2010

The renowned Parker Quartet will perform in concert at Luther College on Thursday, March 4, as part of Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) Artists-In-Residence Tour.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music are now on sale online at http://centerstage.luther.edu.

Ticket price is $15, $10 for seniors and students, free for Luther College students.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Luther Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357, located in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. Box Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Thursday nights until 7 p.m. 

The critically acclaimed string ensemble is in its second season as quartet-in-residence with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition to the quartet’s extensive international tours, recent U.S. appearances include performances at the Library of Congress, the Caramoor Center, Market Square Concerts and the Detroit Chamber Music Society.

The Parker Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The quartet began its professional touring career in 2002, and in 2005 won the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. Recently, the ensemble was awarded the prestigious 2009-11 Cleveland Quartet Award.

The Parker Quartet musicians are Daniel Chong, violin; Karen Kim, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello. Each member holds graduate degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Equally at home in a concert hall or a downtown club, the quartet has been profiled in Time Out NY, The Boston Globe, Chamber Music Magazine, and on Musical America.com for their pioneering performances in nontraditional venues.

The Parker Quartet’s 2007 debut commercial recording, released by Zig-Zag Territoires, featured Bartok’s String Quartets Nos. 2 and 5 and received high praise from industry critics, including Gramophone. Their latest recording, featuring György Ligeti’s String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 and “Andante & Allegretto,” was released on the Naxos label in 2009.

As a significant community and cultural Minnesota institution, MPR works closely with organizations such as the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to bring fine musicians to larger audiences. MPR believes that accessibility is key to the future of classical music and will offer low ticket prices for the Parker Quartet regional concerts.

The Parker Quartet’s residency with Classical Minnesota Public Radio is sponsored in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, created by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment. State funding is used only for residency activities that take place in Minnesota.

The Parker Quartet to be heard on MPR’s “Performance Today” broadcasts every first Thursday of the month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., through summer 2010 on all Classical Minnesota Public Radio stations, on classical public stations nationwide, and online at performancetoday.publicradio.org.

For more information about the Parker Quartet, go to www.parkerquartet.com.