Anthony McGill, Pacifica Quartet triumph in Brahms-Mozart program

Photo by Elliot Mandel

By Andrew Patner

It was the kind of homecoming South Side native clarinet star Anthony McGill most enjoys. No speeches, no singling him out, just the chance to play great classical music with highly collaborative colleagues and a keenly attentive audience.

In this case, Sunday afternoon at the still pretty spankingly-new Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall on The University of Chicago’s South Campus, that was an audience that included some who had known McGill, 34, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, and his older brother Demarre, now principal flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, since they began music lessons in the 1970s blocks away. Others filling the 474-seat, acoustically superb hall were fans of the still-youthful but increasingly masterful Pacifica Quartet, now in a Mellon Foundation-endowed position at UC as the first Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence and marking its 20th anniversary.

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Photo by Elliot Mandel