Pacifica Quartet


Pacifica Quartet with Anthony McGill, Clarinet

FEB 21, 2023

$20 adult/$15 student

Schedule and Details

Feb 21, 20237:30 p.m.
Watson Hall
1533 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC


The Pacifica Quartet is joined by New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill in a program of music by Brahms and Dvořák, plus new music. 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 in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Known for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often daring repertory choices, the Pacifica was named faculty string quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2012, was previously quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and most recently received its second Grammy Award for best chamber music performance for “Contemporary Voices” (2020). 

Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (New York Times), clarinetist Anthony McGill enjoys a dynamic international solo and chamber music career and is principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic — the first African-American principal player in the organization's history. He is the recipient of the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize, one of classical music’s most significant awards. McGill appears as a soloist with top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and the Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. He performed alongside Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece by John Williams. In 2020, McGill’s #TakeTwoKnees campaign protesting the death of George Floyd and historic racial injustice went viral.

Program to include:

  • Antonín Dvořák Quartet in F major, Op. 96, “American Quartet”
  • James Lee III Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
  • Johannes Brahms Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

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