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Pacifica Quartet
Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 8 pm

Pacifica Quartet at 8 pm

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Nicholas Van Kuijk and his partner are expecting, so the Quatuor Van Kuijk is not travelling in October. We are pleased that the Pacifica Quartet agreed to accept the date.

Founded 1994, the Pacifica Quartet won both the Naumburg and the Cleveland Quartet awards. Quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music for the past decade, the Quartet also leads the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School multiple Grammy awards. The Pacifica played for us in 1999 and 2010.

Program - American Folk Inspirations
Florence Price Quartet No. 1 in G, Addition to programme
Frederick Tillis Spiritual Fantasy No. 12 for String Quartet
Nobody knows the trouble I see
Wade in the Water
Sean Shepherd String Quartet No. 3, Canadian Premiere
Antonín Dvořák String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat major, Op. 105

From the soulful melodies of the African American spiritual to the expressive dissonance of jazz improvisation, from folk songs to the beauty of indigenous bird calls, sounds from the American experience have inspired composers to create new music throughout our rich history. ‘American Folk Inspirations’ is a celebration of these influences on artists as showcased in four distinctly original string quartets of Florence Price, Frederick Tillis, Sean Shepherd and Antonin Dvořák. Spanning a period of 125 years, these composers articulate in their own voice musical influences garnered from their unique experiences in three distinct times in America’s history: the Industrial Revolution, Black Tuesday and the stock market crash, the tumultuous upheaval of the Civil Rights Era, and the present day.