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Parker Quartet at Bankhead

Program includes Haydn, Beethoven, Polish composer Szymanowski

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The Parker Quartet, artists in residence at Harvard University, is appearing at the Bankhead Theater this Saturday night (Feb. 8).

The Grammy Award-winning quartet has appeared at the world's most important venues since its founding in 2002.

The concert will include Haydn's Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33 No. 2, nicknamed "The Joke" because the composer plays with the audience's expectations; Beethoven's emotionally intense Quartet in A minor, Op. 132; and Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's Quartet No. 2, Op. 56, with motifs of the Tatra Mountains.

The Parker Quartet reaches out to audiences of all ages and will perform at local schools the day before the concert, supported by Del Valle Fine Arts and the Wente Arts Education Fund. Young people also are encouraged to attend the Saturday evening concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Del Valle Fine Arts concerts are always free for students in high school and younger, and those accompanying a youth can purchase a ticket for $20 at the box office.

Regular ticket prices are $32-$52. Visit lvpac.org; go to the Bankhead Theater box office at 2400 First St., Livermore; or call 373-6800.

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