PACIFICA QUARTET, HAMELIN INHABIT PARALLEL WORLDS AT LOGAN CENTER

CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW

BY LAWRENCE A. JOHNSON

One of the abiding curiosities of performance is when musicians of wholly disparate temperaments combine forces for a concert. Sometimes they meet at the borderline of their aesthetic domains, and produce something that neither would ever do on their own. But sometimes it’s a perfectly elastic collision: all the ideas bounce and nothing sticks.

A case of the latter was Sunday afternoon’s entry in the University of Chicago Presents series at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The two colliding bodies were the Pacifica Quartet (ensemble-in-residence at the university) and the Canadian keyboard virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin, who was subbing on short notice for an indisposed Paul Lewis. Each played alone for the first half of the program, and then came together in the second half.

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