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 due out in September. Pre-order your copy or preview the recording here.
The intrepid Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin will join the Pacifica to open the University of Chicago Presents chamber music series on Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 pm. The program includes Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1,Metamorphoses nocturnes, Debussy: Images and Préludes, Book II (selections), and Dvořák: Piano Quintet. Mr. Hamelin replaces the previously schedule British pianist Paul Lewis. More information and tickets 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.