Pacifica Quartet

Celebrating Robert Schumann's 200th Birthday

Pacifica Quartet
Orion Weiss, Piano

Martin Theatre
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
4:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
5:00 PM
Public Gates Open
8:00 PM
Concert Starts
Reserved $40-$25
Lawn $10

Program

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune for its “astonishing talent, energy and dedication,” the Pacifica Quartet presents an evening of firsts: Beethoven’s seminal first string quartet; the first widely acknowledged masterpiece of the piano quintet genre; and the Ravinia premiere of Voices, a work dedicated to the Pacifica Quartet by composer Jennifer Higdon. Her Loco, a work commissioned for the CSO by Ravinia Festival, was a highlight of the festival’s centennial celebration in 2004, and most recently her Concerto 4-3 delighted audiences during the 2009 festival season. Joining the quartet that debuted on Ravinia’s Rising Stars series in 1998 is pianist Orion Weiss, “clearly a pianist to watch” (Los Angeles Times) who gave a magnificent performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the CSO in 2008.

Beethoven:    String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Higdon:         Voices
Schumann:    Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44