Apr 142013

Parker Quartet

Cameron Wittig
Parker Quartet

Described by The New York Times as “something extraordinary,” the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet returns to Groton’s Kalliroscope Gallery on Saturday, April 20, to conclude Indian Hill Music’s 2012-13 season of chamber music. The quartet is making its second Groton appearance after presenting an amazing evening of chamber music last season.

The Parker Quartet features Daniel Chong, violin; Karen Kim, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello. The members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and were part of NEC’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program. They garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as 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. Their Ligeti recording won the Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Chamber Music Performance. The Parker Quartet served as Quartet-in-Residence with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2008 through 2010 and were the first-ever Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio for the 2009-2010 season. The ensemble has been in residence at the University of Minnesota, and is currently at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

On their April 20th appearance in Groton, they will be performing Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 3; Ligeti’s Quartet No. 2; and the Debussy String Quartet in G minor. The music begins at 8:00 p.m. at Kalliroscope, 264 Main Street, Groton, MA. Their program will feature quartets by Beethoven, Ligeti, and Debussy. A wine and cheese reception with the performers follows the concert. Tickets are $32 ($15 students) at 978-486-9524 x116 or www.indianhillmusic.org. The performance is sponsored by Markham Group.