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Parker Quartet performs with Wonkak Kim

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The Parker Quartet is Jessica Bodner, viola; Daniel Chong, violin; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello; and Ying Xue, violin.

The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet will perform in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of Tennessee Tech’s Bryan Fine Arts Building with Wonkak Kim Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, this string quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. Recent highlights include appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Slee Series in Buffalo, New York’s Lincoln Center Great Performers series and with jazz pianist Billy Childs. The Quartet also continues to be a supporter of violist Kim Kashkashian’s project Music for Food by participating in concerts throughout the United States for the benefit of various food banks and shelters.

Founded and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France’s Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award.

Korean-born clarinetist Wonkak Kim has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues throughout the United States such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Constitution Hall as well as in Paris, London, Madrid, Ghent, Geneva, Seoul, Osaka, Costa Rica, and Brazil. Kim is currently assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Oregon. He also served on the music faculty as associate professor of clarinet at Tennessee Tech University (2011-2017).

This is a Center Stage event made possible by the university’s general education fund. It is free and open to the public.

Wattenbarger Auditorium is in the Bryan Fine Arts Building located at 1150 N. Dixie Ave.