For the Record, Op. 124: Pacifica Quartet's Contemporary Voices

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Pacifica Quartet
The Pacifica Quartet. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

Contemporary Voices
Pacifica Quartet

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet performs works by three Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary composers: Shulamit Ran, Jennifer Higdon, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Written for the Pacifica and receiving its world-premiere recording, Ran’s Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory — String Quartet No. 3 is a moving tribute to painter Felix Nussbaum, who perished in Auschwitz in 1944. Higdon’s Voices, dedicated to the Pacifica, evokes explosive energy, otherworldly calm, and spiritual serenity. In Zwilich’s Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet, a saxophone shares the spotlight with virtuosic string playing. The Pacifica, quartet in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, partner with their IU colleague, classical saxophonist Otis Murphy. BELOW: The Pacific Quartet performs I. That which happened. from Shulamit Ran's "Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory," Quartet No. 3 for Strings, at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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