Midtown Series
 Fridays at 8pm

 Signature Series
 Saturdays at 8pm
 Oakland Series
 Sundays at 3pm

Fri, Sept. 16, 2016
 Vijay Iyer, piano
 solo jazz concert

Sat, Sept. 17, 2016
 Brentano String Quartet
 Vijay Iyer, piano

Sat, Oct. 8, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 at Seligman

Sun, Oct. 9, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 Tian Tian, piano

Fri, Oct. 21, 2016
 Harlem Quartet
 Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Sun, Nov. 13, 2016
 Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
 Kevin Murphy, piano

Sat, Nov. 19, 2016
 Alexander Ghindin, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Dec. 3, 2016
 Cavani Quartet
 Celino Romero, guitar

Fri, Dec. 9, 2016
 Robert Siemers, piano
 solo piano recital

Fri, Jan. 20, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet

Sat, Jan. 21, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet
 Christopher O'Riley, piano

Sun, Jan. 22, 2017
 Christopher O'Riley, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Feb. 11, 2017
 Danish String Quartet

Fri, Mar. 10, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Classically Improvised"

Sun, Mar. 12, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Tradition and Innovation"

Sun, Apr. 2, 2017
 Celino Romero & Friends

Sat, Apr. 8, 2017
 Anthony Marwood, violin
 Aleksandar Madzar, piano

Fri, May 5, 2017
 Lise de la Salle, piano
 solo piano recital


4 Pacifica Quartet

Pacifica Quartet
Friday, January 20, 2017, 8pm

480 W Hancock, Midtown Detroit
Old Main Building, Wayne State University

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.

"Known principally for dispatching Elliott Carter’s knotty quartets in a single concert, the Pacifica Quartet of Illinois have many other claims to distinction. They play with clarity, perfect togetherness and the finest of tuning."

The London Times


Jörg Widmann: Quartet No. 3
Shostakovich: 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

Pacifica Quartet

Friday, January 20, 8pm

Jorg Widmann, Shostakovich

Pacifica Quartet +
Christopher O'Riley, piano

Saturday, January 21, 8pm

Haydn, Ravel, Schumann

Christopher O'Riley, piano

Sunday, January 22, 3pm

Brahms, Bach, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff

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Weekend discount packages available: here