( Tue., Feb. 21, 2023 )
Performed by Anthony McGill, clarinet
Watson Chamber Music Hall, 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127-2738
The Pacifica Quartet is joined by New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill in a program of music by Brahms and Prokofiev, plus new music. 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 in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Known for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often daring repertory choices, the Pacifica was named faculty string quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2012, was previously quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and most recently received its second Grammy Award for best chamber music performance for “Contemporary Voices” (2020).
. In addition to his dynamic international solo and chamber music career, McGill is principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic — the first African American principal player in the organization’s history. McGill was honored to take part in the inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams and performing alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Gabriela Montero. He is a dedicated champion of new music and an ardent advocate for helping music education reach underserved communities and for addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in classical music.
$20 adults, $15 students
$20 - $15