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Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberance, and daring repertory choices, the 2020 and 2008 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 the Clarinet Quintet (2018) by rising Black American composer, pianist, and educator James Lee III.

“The playing is so suave, so gleamingly elegant and so full of textural riches that you can almost imagine yourself hearing these pieces for the first time. McGill especially is a joy, bringing a combination of vivacity and soulfulness to the Mozart and then deepening those qualities to reflect the autumnal qualities in Brahms’ writing. The Pacifica Quartet makes a worthy collaborator, providing plush yet translucent accompaniment when the clarinet comes to the fore and stepping up when necessary with close-knit ensemble playing. In all, this is a keeper.”—Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, on Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets, a Çedille Records album by McGill and the Pacifica Quartet.

Pre-performance talk in Ramsey Concert Hall at 6:45 pm (free admission).

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Photo: Eric Rudd

  • Performers

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

  • Program

    PROKOFIEV: String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 92
    JAMES LEE III: Clarinet Quintet
    BRAHMS: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

  • Supported by

    Franklin College Chamber Music Series Fund