Anniversaries are times to pull out good memories and celebrate with friends and family, and at UChicago Presents, it would be difficult to toast our 75th season without the Pacifica Quartet – whose members cut their teeth and as a group rose to classical music stardom during their 18 years in residence at UChicago (the ensemble’s first job).
The quartet returns to UChicago with new second violinist Austin Hartman and violist Mark Holloway. Together they offer a world premiere work by American composer David Dzubay – his second string quartet, titled “Oceanic,” inspired by both the Pacifica Quartet and his own experiences growing up on the Oregon coast. Ludwig van Beethoven’s quartet, written as he was losing his hearing, has all of the drama, texture, and rhythmic wit for which the composer is renowned. Felix Mendelssohn began writing his opus 44 string quartets during his honeymoon and suggested that this D major quartet was one of his favorite works. It has been beloved by the many string quartets that have been performing it for almost 200 years – and their audiences, as well.
6:30pm pre-concert lecture with Lawrence Zbikowski
Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
David Dzubay: String Quartet No. 2 "Oceanic"
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1