The Parker Quartet

All Hearts Listen

A concert series in partnership with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

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In light of the ongoing contract negotiations at the SPCO, the Parker Quartet has decided to present their All Hearts Listen concert series independent of the SPCO this season. Ticketing and details for upcoming concerts will be handled by the Parker Quartet. For this reason, the SPCO will provide refunds for all ticket holders to the All Hearts Listen series.

For questions about ticket refunds, feel free to contact the SPCO ticket office at 651.291.1144. For questions related to future Parker Quartet performances, please contact the Parker Quartet at info@parkerquartet.com.

Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet, in partnership with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, will perform two chamber music series in the 2012-13 season in downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis. 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. During the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, the Parker Quartet was the first-ever Quartet-in-Residence at the SPCO, and during the 2009-10 season, the quartet was also the first-ever Artist-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and American Public Media (APM).  

All Hearts Listen 2012-13

Downtown Minneapolis Series

3 concerts in Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music

11/1/12 at 7:00pm CANCELED Reflection : Pärt, Britten and Schubert
3/14/13 at 7:00pm CANCELED Reinvention: Beethoven’s Harp and the World Premiere of Gill’s Capriccio
5/30/13 at 7:00pm CANCELED Recollection: Clarinet Quintets of Mozart and Brahms

Parker Quartet: All Hearts Listen

Downtown Saint Paul Series

3 concerts in Music Room at SPCO Center

11/4/12 at 2:00pm CANCELED Reflection : Pärt, Britten and Schubert
3/10/13 at 2:00pm CANCELED Reinvention: Beethoven’s Harp and the World Premiere of Gill’s Capriccio
6/2/13 at 2:00pm CANCELED Recollection: Clarinet Quintets of Mozart and Brahms

Parker Quartet events are not part of the SPCO’s regular subscription series and are not eligible for voucher redemption, ticket exchanges between SPCO concerts, or Membership redemption and cannot be included as part of a Create-Your-Own Series. Tickets for Parker Quartet events may only be exchanged for other Parker Quartet events at SPCO Center or MacPhail Center for Music. Visit the Parker Quartet's website.

About All Hearts Listen

From the Parker Quartet: The name for our series, All Hearts Listen, is taken from Wehmut (Melancholy), a poem written by Joseph von Eichendorff that was later set to song by Robert Schumann. The poem speaks to the ability of music to transcend a personal situation, and we hope that it inspires everyone to indeed listen to the music on our series with their hearts.

Wehmut ( Melancholy )
by Joseph von Eichendorff

Sometimes I can sing
as if I were happy,
but secretly tears well up
and free my heart.

The nightingales,
when spring breezes play, let
their songs of yearning resound
from the depths of their dungeons.

Then all hearts listen
and everyone rejoices;
yet no one truly feels the anguish
of the song's deep sorrow.

Parker Quartet plays Ravel and Bartók

Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F Major

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Béla Bartók - String Quartet No. 1 in A minor

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