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Release: Oct. 18, 2002

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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 Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A minor, opus 13; the Quartet No. 1 by Ligeti; and Beethoven’s 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, America’s 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, “there’s 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 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 quartet’s international touring has already taken them as far afield as Australia, Greece and Panama, and they have been heard frequently on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” Minnesota Public Radio’s “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 Today’s 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 Hancher’s website: < >.

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: <>.

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.

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