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The Peggy Rockefeller Concerts

Pacifica and Weiss

Pacifica Quartet with Orion Weiss
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Violins, viola, cello, piano

Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet, based in Bloomington, Indiana, is known for its virtuosity, exuberance and often daring repertory choices. The quartet has won several of chamber music’s top competitions, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2009, it received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance and was named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year. A widely-praised interpreter of classic string quartet cycles as well as an advocate of contemporary music, the group serves as quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty members at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. They were past resident performers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago.

Orion Weiss, named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, has performed with some of America’s most renowned orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. In 2004, he graduated from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax. In 2005, he won the William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall. In that same year, he made his European recital debut at the Musée du Louvre (Paris) and toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman. Mr. Weiss’s 2014-15 season featured his third performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as a North American tour with the world-famous Salzburg Marionette theater in an enhanced piano recital of Debussy’s La Boîte à Joujoux.

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