Pacifica Quartet with Anthony McGill, clarinet

Fri, October 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University

Recognized for its virtuosity, passionate performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today.

They have earned the unique distinction of being the preeminent interpreters of string quartet cycles, which is a testament to the group’s focus and incredible stamina. Some may remember the incredible Beethoven cycle they performed for Fontana audiences in the early 2000’s.

As if having this powerhouse Quartet in Kalamazoo weren’t enough, they will be joined by Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic. McGill has been recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians.

He has collaborated with major artists like Emanuel Ax, Midori and Mitsuko Uchida, as well as Quartets like the Tokyo, Brentano and Miro.

McGill became instantly recognizable to the world when he performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009.

In their own words

“It’s great to have that influx of new energy and new thoughts,” Pacifica violist Masumi Per Rostad said about working with McGill.

“It changes our rehearsal process. It changes the way we interact with each other when it’s just the four of us.”

“What’s kind of funny… especially with a string quartet, is that most of the time, you’re really welcome [to join the group], because they spend a lot of time with each other,” said McGill.

“Every group has its own specific dynamic and it’s really fascinating to be able to feel that.”

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and General Mills Foundation.