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Often described as "astonishing" and "breathtaking," The Pacifica Quartet will be front and center at Eastern Music Festival! The Pacifica Quartet has carved a niche for itself as the preeminent interpreter of string quartet cycles, and their prowess will be in full force in two stunning performances June 29 and 30.
For the first time, the Pacifica Quartet will be joining Eastern Music Festival for several days. They will be performing with the Eastern Festival Orchestra under the direction of music director Gerard Schwarz on June 29th, followed by a showstopping recital on June 30th, and finally leading a masterclass with EMF students. This is one the few times that Eastern Music Festival will have a guest chamber ensemble so involved in our summer program. On the June 29th concert, you will have the rare opportunity to listen to Schoenberg's Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra! This is an uncommon piece to see live since it highlights an entire string quartet with a full orchestra instead of just the normal solo artist.
For the June 30th afternoon recital at 3 PM, the quartet will play Mendelssohn's Quartet in D major op.44, no. 1, Shostakovich's Quartet No. 2 in A major, op.68, and Beethoven's Quartet No. 9 in C major, op.59, no. 3, "Razumovsky". To perform all three of these works in one concert is an amazing feat of musical prowess for almost any other string quartet. The London Daily Telegraph describes The Pacifica Quartet as "nothing short of phenomenal." Following the recital, there will be masterclasses taught by each quartet member at 7 PM and viewing will be free and open to the public.
The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet consists of violinist Simin Ganatra, violinist Austin Hartman, violist Mark Holloway, and cellist Brandon Vamos. The group has been together since 1994, winning countless awards and competitions and solidified their ensemble as one of the best U.S. chamber groups performing today. The members of the quartet are both faculty and the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music.