Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PCMS) presents a special lecture/concert, in partnership with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, featuring the Parker Quartet and the Philadelphia premiere of Helix Spirals by Augusta Read Thomas in celebration of the Meselson-Stahl DNA replication discovery of 1958. Dr. Matthew Meselson and Dr. Jeanne Guillemin will also be in attendance. A reception will follow the concert.
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About the Artist(s):
Formed in 2002, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The New York Times hailed the quartet as “something extraordinary,” and the Boston Globe acclaims their “pinpoint precision and spectacular sense of urgency.” The quartet began touring on the international circuit after winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009- 2011 seasons. Beginning in the fall of 2014 the Parker Quartet will join the faculty of Harvard University’s Department of Music as Blodgett Artists-in-Residence.
About the Venue:
Designed by the distinguished architectural firm of Cope & Stewardson, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s 22nd Street building is an unusually bold example of early 20th century institutional building designed in the classicism of 17th century England. Deemed a National Historic Landmark in 2002, “this building illuminates what is perhaps the central theme of the history of American medicine, the transformation of an exclusive and somewhat guild-like trade into a modern profession.” The grandest of the spaces, Mitchell Hall features a thirty foot rococo ceiling, large leaded glass windows, and a period dais.
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