The Pacifica Quartet and cellist Johannes Moser premiere a new work this fall by composer Julia Wolfe, recently named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. The cello quintet, Splendid Hopes, was commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University, the Schubert Club, Portland Friends of Chamber Music, and by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
The Pacifica Quartet and pianist Marc-André Hamelin recently embarked on a successful international tour. The artists were invited to record Leo Ornstein's 1927 Piano Quintet for Hyperion. The much anticipated release is now available. Purchase it here.
On its 20th anniversary tour in Canada, Europe, and Japan this past season, the Pacifica performed a new quartet by Shulamit Ran, a longtime collaborator and colleague from their residency at the University of Chicago. Titled Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory, the commission was funded by Music Accord, a consortium of presenters from the US, as well as Suntory Hall and Wigmore Hall. Up next are performances in Tulsa, Denver, Raleigh, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Baton Rouge, Portland, and San Francisco.