Parker Quartet: Grammy-Winning Chamber Musicians Perform
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Sometimes the most profound way to talk about important issues is to sing about them -- just ask composers like Puccini or Wagner who weaved contemporary concerns throughout their seemingly "ageless" works. The Canticle of the Black Madonna is the latest entry in the great tradition of operas that explore challenging issues with breathlessly beautiful music. Set in Louisiana in 2010, The Canticle chronicles an American soldier's return to his wife and home -- where he confronts not only the Gulf oil spill, but the equally profound consequences of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lush and stirring, the beautifully-staged production ultimately confirms the healing power of love. Portland's Newmark Theatre will host the world premiere of this superb new opera (in English) from composer Ethan Gans-Morse and librettist Tiziana DellaRovere. Learn More
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“Passages that demand ensemble precision were flawlessly balanced, perfectly tuned and sheathed in lustrous textures.” —The New York Times
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March 12, 2012 at 7:30pm:
Mendelssohn Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
Janáček Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”
Schumann Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3 *
March 13, 2012 at 7:30pm:
Mozart* Quartet in F Major, K. 590
Dutilleux Ainsi la nuit
Debussy Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary,” the Parker Quartet has rapidly 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. The Parker’s recording of the Ligeti Quartets won a 2011 Grammy award for Best Chamber Music Recording.