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University of Minnesota School of Music presents Grammy-winning Parker Quartet Feb. 8

January 30, 2012

The University of Minnesota School of Music presents the Parker Quartet in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 Fourth St. S., Minneapolis. The concert is free and open to the public.

Paid parking is available in the university's 19th Ave. and 21st Ave. parking ramps.

Hailed by the New York Times as extraordinary, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet visits as part of the School of Music's Creative Instructional Residency Initiative program.

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 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 for the 2009-2011 seasons.

The Parker Quartet has been profiled in Time Out NY, the Boston Globe, Chamber Music Magazine and on Musical America.com for their performances in nontraditional venues. In addition to concerts in bars and clubs nationwide, the ensemble was the first string quartet-in-residence at Barbès Bar and Performance Space in Brooklyn, New York, in 2007. The residency embraced a series of collaborative concerts with artists of various genres, including jazz, folk and world music. 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. This year they will work with chamber music students at the University of Minnesota.

Established in 1902, the University of Minnesota School of Music offers a dynamic, comprehensive program to more than 550 music students in undergraduate and graduate programs, led by a world-class faculty of more than 50 artists, scholars and teachers. The School of Music presents more than 400 free concerts per year. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.music.umn.edu or call (612) 626-1094 for a brochure.

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Hailed as extraordinary by the New York Times, the Grammy Award-winning The Parker Quartet visits as part of the U of M School of Music’s Creative Instructional Residency Initiative program.

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