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Release: Oct. 18, 2002
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PACIFICA QUARTET INCLUDES HANCHER-SPONSORED CONCERT IN RESIDENCY
The Pacifica Quartet, the young string quartet that won the 1998 Naumburg
Chamber Music Award, will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Clapp Recital
Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The Hancher-sponsored concert will
feature Mendelssohns Quartet in A minor, opus 13; the Quartet No. 1
by Ligeti; and Beethovens Quartet in A minor, opus 132.
The concert will be part of a three-day residency at the UI, and an Iowa
visit that will include a concert at the Lakes Arts Center in Okoboji as a
result of a new cooperative relationship between the UI Hancher Auditorium
and this community arts center in northwest Iowa.
The UI residency will include:
-- master classes at Mt. Vernon High School and Iowa City West High School;
-- mini-concerts at the Ronald McDonald House and Buckle Down Publishing;
-- a dinner and dialogue with the Performing Arts Learning Community of UI
Currier Residence Hall; and
-- a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 in the Lisbon Public Library.
The Pacifica Quartet -- violinists Simin Ganatra and Sibbi Bernhardsson,
violist Masumi Per Rostad and cellist Brandon Vamos -- has become the first
quartet-in-residence at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.
In addition to the Naumburg Award, Americas top honor for young chamber
ensembles, the quartet also won the Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music
Competition, the top prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the
Cleveland Quartet Award.
A New York Times review commented, its sound, individually and as a
group, is pure, lyrical, and educated. . . remarkable, and the critic
of the Los Angeles Times wrote, theres no point in predicting
future greatness for the young Pacifica Quartet
the future has arrived.
When the quartet played a Mendelssohn, Ligeti and Beethoven program earlier
this year, Wes Blomster of andante.com wrote, Here is an ensemble with
the markings of greatness. Its members, all still in their twenties, have
put aside solo careers to build a quartet unique in character and quality.
They play with amazing ease; there is not a hint of aggression in their work,
and they never attempt to overwhelm the composer at hand. Richly individual
voices combine to create a full-bodied and intensely focused sound.
The quartets international touring has already taken them as far afield
as Australia, Greece and Panama, and they have been heard frequently on National
Public Radios Performance Today, Minnesota Public Radios
St. Paul Sunday Morning and other high-profile programs.
The growing discography of the Pacifica Quartet has won consistent acclaim.
Their premiere recording of the Easley Blackwood quartets earned Classics
Todays Highest Rating, and the American Record Guide recommended the
recordings as an indispensable release for anyone who cares about chamber
music of the past 50 years.
Tickets for the Pacifica Quartet concert are $24 ($19.20 for senior citizens,
$10 for UI students and half price for audience members 17 and younger).
Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with
special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319)
335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who
use that technology.
Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through
Hanchers website: <http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher
Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students
may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff
may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may
be requested by e-mail: <email@example.com>.
The Pacifica Quartet concert is supported by Douglas and Linda Paul, and
the Heartland Arts Fund through the University of Iowa Foundation, with additional
residency support from the Bud Pearson Fund for Arts Education.
Learn more about the Pacifica Quartet at < http://www.pacificaquartet.com/index2.html
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