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4 Pacifica Quartet
Over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009 – 2012 (a position that had previously been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet) and it received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Highlights of the 2015-16 season include a performance at New York’s 92nd Street Y, the beginning of a two-season residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, a residency for the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music in Tucson, and return visits to the major series in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Portland.
An ardent advocate of 20th- and 21st- century music, the Pacifica Quartet commissions and performs many new works. Its recordings of Dimitri Shostakovich’s complete string quartets on the Cedille label have been released to international acclaim, with The New York Times citing the Quartet’s “electrifying interpretations,” and the UK’s Financial Times characterizing the project as “an enthralling series” played with “lucidity, intensity and consistency.”
Shostakovich’s Third String Quartet, written in 1946 in the shadow of World War II, combines the qualities of playfulness and irony with profound seriousness that are characteristic of the composer’s most powerful works. Written in five movements, the music of its expressive Adagio has been likened by some to Beethoven’s late quartets and its massive finale recalls themes from the four preceding movements.
German composer and clarinetist Jörg Widmann has composed five string quartets. In the third, he takes familiar musical ideas from Beethoven and Schumann and deconstructs his classical models, assaulting them with humor, aggressiveness and physicality, essentially creating a work of performance art.
Jörg Widmann: Quartet No. 3
The Pacifica Quartet’s performance is supported in part by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Crane Group, and the General Mills Foundation.
The Pacifica & Christopher O'Riley Weekend
Friday, January 20, 8pm
Jorg Widmann, Shostakovich
Pacifica Quartet +
Christopher O'Riley, piano
Sunday, January 22, 3pm
Brahms, Bach, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff
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