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Parker Quartet Closes Tertulia 2015-16 SeasonParker Quartet Closes Tertulia Chamber Music 2015-2016 Season with Beethoven and Tchaikovsky at Bocca di Bacco
*A tertulia (Spanish: [ter╦łtulja]) is a social gathering with literary or artistic overtones, especially in Latin America; an informal meeting of people to talk about current affairs, arts, etc.*
May 2, 2016 (New York, NY) – On May 17th, the musical-culinary Tertulia Chamber Music series concludes its 2015-16 season with a concert at Bocca di Bacco Chelsea, with the GRAMMY-Award winning Parker Quartet, joined by Juilliard Quartet violist Roger Tapping and Juilliard faculty member cellist Natasha Brofsky.  The program features Beethoven’s String Quartet in G major, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence as the perfect season-ender. The dinner menu is intertwined with the evening’s music program, and a “Mingle and Meet” with the musicians follows the program.

Music, food and drink combine in an effortless divertissement” is how Seen and Heard International described Tertulia, in a recent review that aptly sums up the experience. Tertulia’s 2015-2016 season has presented top artists and ensembles – including soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, TwoPianists, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Attacca Quartet, Carnegie Hall Affiliate Ensemble DECODA and the Signum Quartet – at NYC dining destinations such as Bocca di Bacco Chelsea, Tasca Chino and Cubana Social Brooklyn. 2015-16 has also marked Tertulia's expansion to San Francisco with two concerts at Town Hall.

Tertulia is not your typical classical music presenter.  Opera News declared, “The Tertulia Chamber Music series presents some of the best young rising stars.” Now in its fourth season, the innovative classical chamber music series continues to attract new and experienced classical music audiences and foodies alike.  Established in 2011 by Artistic Director Julia Villagra, Tertulia is part concert, part dinner party presenting world-class chamber music concerts in critically acclaimed restaurants in and around New York City. The format and program is designed to enhance the social and culinary atmosphere, but at all Tertulias, the music is paramount.   Executed in a dynamic, casual format, the Tertulia experience allows audiences to socialize over dinner and drinks while still adhering to a concert-like set of rules: there is absolutely no talking or moving around and restaurant service is suspended, during performances. To see a brief video of Tertulia Chamber Music in action, click HERE. For more about Tertulia, please visit:

About the Parker Quartet
Inspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy-Award-winning Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violins; Jessica Bodner, viola, Kee-Hyun Kim, cello). Renowned for their dynamic, compelling interpretations, expansive colors, and varied repertoire ranging from classical to romantic to new music, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. In demand worldwide, the quartet has appeared at distinguished venues, series and festivals throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe and South Korea since its founding in 2002.

In the recording arena, the Parker Quartet has distinguished itself with acclaimed recordings for Zig-Zag Territoires, Innova Records and Naxos. The quartet’s debut commercial recording of Bartók’s String Quartets Nos. 2 and 5 for Zig-Zag Territoires (July 2007) came about as a result of winning the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Their Naxos recording of György Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance (the last string quartet to have won this category). In 2015, Innova Records released the world premiere recording of American composer Jeremy Gill’s “Capriccio” written for the Quartet through a Chamber Music America commissioning grant. In early April 2016, for Nimbus Records released Augusta Read Thomas’s “Of Being Is A Bird” featuring the Quartet in the world premiere recording of Helix Spirals for string quartet. Coming later this year is the ensemble’s own recording of Mendelssohn’s Quartets Op. 44, Nos. 1 and 3.

Recent collaborations include such acclaimed artists as violist Kim Kashkashian, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Shai Wosner, Kikuei Ikeda of the Tokyo Quartet, clarinetist Jörg Widmann, and clarinetist Charles Neidich.

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 biennial Cleveland Quartet Award. Now Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music, and also in residence at USC School of Music, the Quartet’s numerous residencies have included serving as Artists-in-Residence at the University of St. Thomas (2012–2014), Quartet-in-Residence artists at the University of Minnesota (2011–2012), Quartet-in-Residence with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (2008-2010), and as the first-ever Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio (2009-2010).

The Parker Quartet’s members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and were part of the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program from 2006–2008.

Tuesday May 17th, 2016 - 7 PM Tertulia Presents Parker Quartet and Friends at Bocca di Bacco, Chelsea (169 Ninth Ave at 20th Street, NYC) Executive Chef Kristin Sollenne

Cocktails & Amuse-Bouche
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in G Major Op. 18 No. 2
Main Course
TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70
Mingle & Meet the Musicians
Program includes 50 to 60 minutes of music.
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