Feb 26, 2012 - 7:30 pm
The Pacifica Quartet
Sunday February 26, 7:30 PM
Reserved: Adults $32, Students $11
Named Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year, the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet has received international acclaim as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Recent career honors include appointment as quartet-in-residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Arts, the position head for 43 years by the Guarneri String Quartet. Their second performance at Chandler will feature Beethoven Quartets in B-Flat Major, Op. 18, F minor, Op. 95, and B-Flat Major, Op. 130. A reception follows the performance.
The Pacifica Quartet tours extensively throughout the US, Europe and Asia and performs in the world’s major concert halls. The ensemble can also be heard on many of the nation’s most prominent radio broadcasts, including Chicago’s WFMT, Boston’s WGBH, New York’s WNYC, and American Public Media’s Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday. An ardent advocate of contemporary music, the Quartet commissions and performs many new works each year.
Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2002 the ensemble was honored with Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and appointment to The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program for gifted young musicians. In 2006, the Pacifica was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, becoming only the second chamber music ensemble to be so honored in the Grant’s long history.
The members of the Quartet live in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where they were appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2004 and serve as Faculty Quartet in Residence. In addition to their recent appointment as quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum, the members also serve as resident performing artists at the University of Chicago and the Longy School of Music in Boston.
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