Pacifica Quartet

2022 Austin Chamber Music Festival

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The multiple Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet will join the Festival to perform works by Haydn, Higdon, and Dvorák.

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Program

String Quartet in C major, Op. 20, No. 2, “Sun” | Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

  • Moderato
  • Capriccio. Adagio – Cantabile
  • Minuet. Allegretto – Trio
  • Fuga a 4 soggetti. Allegro

Voices | Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962)

  • Blitz
  • Soft Enlacing
  • Grace

INTERMISSION

String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105 | Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)

  • Adagio ma non troppo — Allegro appassionato
  • Molto vivace — Trio
  • Lento e molto cantabile
  • Finale. Allegro non tanto

PACIFICA QUARTET
Simin Ganatra & Austin Hartman, violins | Mark Holloway, viola | Brandon Vamos, cello

Pacifica Quartet

With a career spanning nearly three decades, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Quartet is known for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices. Having served as quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music for the past decade, the Quartet also leads the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and was previously the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2021, the Pacifica Quartet received a second Grammy Award for Contemporary Voices, an exploration of music by three Pulitzer Prize-winning composers: Shulamit Ran, Jennifer Higdon, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

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 the appointment to Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program, and in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. With its powerful energy and captivating, cohesive sound, the Pacifica has established itself as the embodiment of the senior American quartet sound.

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