Pacifica Quartet with Orion Weiss, piano

April 2, 2022, 8 pm

Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and sometimes daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The quartet was nominated for Grammy Awards multiple times and won in January 2021 for their album Contemporary Voices.

The Pacifica Quartet has proven itself the preeminent interpreter of string quartet cycles, harnessing the group’s singular focus and incredible stamina to portray each composer’s evolution, often over the course of just a few days. Having given highly acclaimed performances of the complete Carter cycle in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Houston; the Mendelssohn cycle in Napa, Australia, New York, and Pittsburgh; and the Beethoven cycle in New York, Denver, St. Paul, Chicago, Napa, and Tokyo (in an unprecedented presentation of five concerts in three days at Suntory Hall), the Quartet presented the monumental Shostakovich cycle in Chicago, New York, Montreal and at London’s Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has been widely praised for these cycles, with critics calling the concerts “brilliant,” “astonishing,” “gripping,” and “breathtaking.”

Now quartet in residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, it held that same position at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009 to 2012. It received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians. ” The Washington Post wrote, “Weiss has both powerful technique and exceptional insight, and brought an almost sculptural presence and weight to the music.”

He has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. Weiss’s impressive list of awards includesthe Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship.

Orion Weiss
Orion Weiss

Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians. He has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. Weiss’s impressive list of awards includesthe Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship.

The Pacifica Quartet and Orion Weiss are planning the following program:

  • Beethoven’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, (“Serioso”)
  • Ligeti’s Quartet No. 1, Metamorphoses nocturnes
  • Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.

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