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Pacifica Quartet

Friday, March 27, 2020 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Pacifica Quartet by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
The Pacifica Quartet can “produce a sound that can sing exquisitely or throttle you with its grittiness and energy” (The New York Times)—qualities perfectly suited to this program. Shostakovich found inspiration in Jewish themes, notably klezmer and cantorials, in his strikingly dramatic quartet. Like Shostakovich, Ligeti gravitated towards folk themes, but his are Hungarian—one of many unique elements in his early quartet. Mendelssohn’s quartet was one of his favorites; its quicksilver opening, graceful Menuetto, wistful slow movement, and energized finale have made it an audience favorite, too.

Part of: Quartets Plus


Pacifica Quartet
·· Simin Ganatra, Violin
·· Austin Hartman, Violin
·· Mark Holloway, Viola
·· Brandon Vamos, Cello


LIGETI String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes"

MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1

SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 2 in A Major

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