Posting Date: January 26, 2011
Pacifica Quartet to perform in Premiere Series
Performance features acclaimed chamber music ensemble
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Premiere Series will present the chamber ensemble Pacifica Quartet in concert on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Described by the Baltimore Sun as "one of the most accomplished of today's chamber groups," the ensemble was recently named Musical America's "Ensemble of the Year" and received the 2009 Grammy Award for their recording of Elliot Carter's string quartets.
The group, known for its virtuosity and exuberant performance style, has enjoyed extensive touring throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2006, the group was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant, making them only the second chamber music ensemble to receive the grant, and, more recently, the quartet was appointed as the quartet-in-residence at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
David Daly, director of the Bailey Performance Center, comments, "The quartet, in addition to being masters of the traditional repertoire, are strong supporters of new music. They regularly commission and perform new works."
The program for the performance includes works ranging from early Romantic to 20th century music. This repertoire, Daly explains, "plays to the ensemble's strengths, and they should sound fantastic in the Bailey Center. I am looking forward to the opportunity to hear this literature performed at a very high level."
During its visit, the quartet will participate in a special master class on Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Bailey Performance Center. The group will work with KSU music students, and the master class is free and open to the public.
Tickets for the concert are $30. Student and group discounts are available. For more information, visit the KSU box office or call 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.