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Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberance, and daring repertory choices, the 2021 Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Formed in 1994, the ensemble quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. For its first appearance for UGA Presents, the quartet is joined by the brilliantly multifaceted Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, who impressed Athens audiences in his 2016 Ramsey Hall debut. The program includes a new work by Benjamin Shirley, a former professional bassist who transformed himself from Skid Row addict to acclaimed film and concert composer.


Photo: Eric Rudd

  • Performers

    Simin Ganatra, violin
    Austin Hartman, violin
    Mark Holloway, viola
    Brandon Vamos, cello
    Anthony McGill, clarinet

  • Program

    LIGETI: Quartet No. 1, “Metamorphoses nocturnes”
    BEN SHIRLEY: High Sierra Sonata
    BRAHMS: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

  • Supported by

    Franklin College Chamber Music Series Fund