Chamber Music Concerts Presents Its Final Concert of the Season

Featuring the Grammy Award Winning Pacifica String Quartet 

“They play with clarity, perfect togetherness and the finest of tuning. First violinist Simin Ganatra specialises in rapturous purity, the tone stripped of vibrato. Cellist Brandon Vamos’s bowing arm is worthy of Hercules. Masumi Per Rostad, the violist, uses a bow with black hair — a kind less liable to snap, he says. They are all superb musicians.”
The Times (London)

Chamber Music Concerts presents its final concert of the season: The Pacifica String Quartet, Friday, April 28 at 7:30pm at the Southern Oregon University (SOU) Music Recital Hall. The award-winning quartet will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421; Shulamit Ran’s Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 73. Tickets are available for $33/$38, with a special price of only $5 for full-time students and Oregon Trail Card holders. To purchase tickets, visit, where you may choose your seats, or call the Box Office at 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348. (Please contact Jody Schmidt at 541-552-6154 if you need accommodations for a disability.)

                                      Pacifica String Quartet
In addition to the concerts, the Pacifica String Quartet will present three educational outreach programs in the community during their visit:

•    Thursday, April 27 - Ashland High School orchestra program - 9am; Madrone Charter School program - 11am

•    Friday, April 28 - Lecture/performance/Q&A - Southern Oregon University Music     Recital Hall, 12:30pm.

Chamber Music Concerts provides these programs at no charge to the public as part of our outreach program — please feel free to join us! (If you’d like to attend a program at either school, please check with their main office first for any policies they may have for visitors.) 

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009–2012) – a position that has otherwise been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet – and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2002 the ensemble was honored with Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and the appointment to Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, becoming only the second chamber ensemble so honored in the Grant’s long history. Also in 2006 the Quartet was featured on the cover of Gramophone and heralded as one of “five new quartets you should know about,” the only American quartet to make the list. And in 2009, the Quartet was named “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America.

Highlights of the 2015-16 season included a performance at New York’s famed 92nd Street Y, the beginning of a two-season residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, a ten-day residency for the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music in Tucson, and return visits to the major series in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Portland. In addition, the Quartet toured Europe and Japan.

An ardent advocate of contemporary music, the Pacifica Quartet commissions and performs many new works, including those by Shulamit Ran, in partnership with the Music Accord consortium, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory had its New York debut as part of the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center series.

The members of the Pacifica Quartet live in Bloomington, IN, where they serve as quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty members at the Jacobs School of Music. Prior to their appointment, the Quartet was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 2003 to 2012. The Pacifica Quartet also serves as resident performing artist at the University of Chicago.

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