Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2013-2014

DECEMBER 18 at 8 PM, Stradivari Anniversary

Parker Quartet The "Tuscan-Medici" viola (Cremona, 1690) The "Tuscan-Medici" viola (Cremona, 1690)


Parker Quartet

Coolidge Auditorium

“… something extraordinary...” –The New York Times

For our Antonio Stradivari Anniversary concert, the dazzling Parker Quartet returns to play the Stradivari instruments donated by Gertrude Clarke Whittall. Joining them is a distinguished colleague, Kikuei Ikeda, a member of the Tokyo Quartet for nearly 40 years. Instrument aficionados—and regular chamber music fans—should seize the opportunity to hear two of the world's eleven existing Stradivari violas in this concert: the Whittall Cassavetti, from 1727, and the superb 1690 Tuscan-Medici viola, on loan from the Tuscan Corporation. Through a special collaboration with the S & R Foundation, the artists will repeat this program at the Foundation's intimate concert hall at Evermay on December 19th. Photos of the Parker Quartet: Jamie Jung.

Although this performance is SOLD OUT at Ticketmaster, a limited number of RUSH tickets will be available at the Library, at no cost, beginning 2 hours before each performance. Patrons are strongly encouraged to try for a RUSH ticket at the door, between 6:00 pm and concert time (8:00 pm for this concert). Due to no-shows and returned tickets, some seats are ALWAYS available for sold out performances at curtain. RUSH tickets are offered on a space-available basis. Seats are not guaranteed.


String Quartet no. 3 in D major, op. 44, no. 1




String Quintet in E-flat major, op. 97

6:30 PM - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)

Conversations with curator Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, luthier John Montgomery and a member of the Parker Quartet