Stel­lar strings: Parker Quar­tet

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Founded in 2002, the Parker Quar­tet has racked up an en­vi­able ré­sumé that in­cludes Cham­ber Mu­sic Amer­ica’s pres­ti­gious Cleve­land Quar­tet Award and (since the fall of 2014) a po­si­tion as artists-in-res­i­dence at Har­vard Univer­sity. The four­some has re­leased a hand­ful of highly re­garded record­ings, in­clud­ing a CD (on the Naxos la­bel) of György Ligeti’s com­plete works for string quar­tet, which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Cham­ber Mu­sic Record­ing. On Fri­day, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m., the quar­tet ap­pears in the Great Hall (Peter­son Stu­dent Cen­ter) at St. John’s Col­lege (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca). Their pro­gram com­prises Men­delssohn’s Quar­tet in E-flat ma­jor (Op. 12), se­lec­tions from the Capric­cio of Jeremy Gill (the Park­ers have recorded the com­plete hour­long score for In­nova Records, but here they will per­form a suite from the piece), and Shostakovich’s String Quar­tet No 3. Tick­ets, $20, may be had at the door. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call St. John’s at 505-984-6000. — James M. Keller

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