Music Department Names Parker Quartet as its First Artists-in-Residence

The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet will serve as the first artists-in-residence for the Music Department during the 2012-13 academic year.

The quartet received the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music. Its residency activities will include a full-length public concert, musicianship seminars and lecture demonstrations for music students, All Hearts Listen Lectures (a series of pre-concert discussions), chamber music coaching, and master classes for string students and composition students.

The quartet's first public performance will take place at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The first of the All Hears Listen Lectures will take place at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Future lectures in the series are scheduled for March 7 and May 27.

According to Dr. Matthew George, chair of the Music Department, the appointment of the Parker Quartet as the 2012-13 Artists-in-Residence came about from an informal relationship the quartet had with members of the music faculty.

"We look forward to providing the Twin Cities community and beyond with high-quality music programming with the Parker Quartet," George said. "We are especially excited for our students and university community for having the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with this incredible group of young, yet critically acclaimed musicians."

For more information visit the Music Department website.