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Nov. 3, 2009

Hancher adds Parker Quartet to season for Nov. 17 performances

A new addition to the Hancher season provides chamber music lovers the opportunity to hear an award-winning string quartet at a special price. The Parker Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson St. in Iowa City. Tickets are $10.

The Parker Quartet won the 2005 Concert Artists Guild Competition, captured first prize and the Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and has recently performed in many great halls, including Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap, Ravinia and Carnegie Hall.

The Parker Quartet also received the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award in January of this year, an honor the ensemble will carry through the 2010-11 season. The award honors and promotes a string quartet on the rise whose artistry suggests that a major career is underway. The honored quartet is selected by an anonymous jury, and the award is presented by Chamber Music America.

The evening's program will include music by Haydn, Bartók and Mendelssohn.

Prior to the evening concert, the Parker Quartet will also perform from 12:30 to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics John Colloton Pavilion Atrium. That performance, which is free and open to the public, is presented in collaboration with UIHC's Project Art.

The Iowa City appearance by the Parker Quartet is supported by the Hancher partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the University of Iowa Foundation, as well as by Reference Audio Video and Security.

Tickets are available from the Hancher Box Office, now located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Town Center near the parking ramp. The box office is open for phone 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at Zion Lutheran Church.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher Auditorium, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,