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Jan. 28, 2002 Press Contact: Melody Harter
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Pacifica Quartet performs monumental works with cellist Paul Katz

What: The winter concert of the Pacifica Quartet at the University of Chicago will feature Paul Katz's only Chicago appearance this season and two monumental works: Beethoven's String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 and Schubert's String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163.

Where: Mandel Hall, 1131 East 57th St., at the corner of 57th & University Ave. at the University of Chicago

When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002 at 8:00 p.m.

Who: The Pacifica Quartet, Chicago’s own internationally acclaimed string quartet, is in their fourth year as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Chicago’s Department of Music. One of today’s most dynamic and exciting string quartets, the Pacifica Quartet continues to win the hearts of audiences around the world with its impassioned interpretations and unique musical voice. Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet burst onto the chamber music scene, capturing the 1996 Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, the 1997 Nathan Wedeen Management Award, and the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. As part of its multi-record contract with Cedille Records, Pacifica Quartet’s latest release of Antonín Dvorák’s chamber works received rave res. Classics Today writes, "Buy this disc and prepare to be blissfully captivated for the next 75 minutes," and the Memphis Commercial Record says, "The Pacifica can do no wrong." "Having a knack for the new" ( Chicago Reader), Pacifica is also a leading advocate of contemporary music, serving as resident string quartet for the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago.

Paul Katz is known to concert goers around the world as the cellist of the Cleveland Quartet. As a member of this celebrated ensemble from 1969—1995, he performed at the White House and on many television shows including "CBS Sunday Morning," NBC’s "Today Show," "The Grammy Awards," and was seen in "In the Mainstream: The Cleveland Quartet," a one-hour documentary televised in the U.S. and Canada. The Cleveland Quartet has nearly 70 recordings to its credit, including the all-time best-selling chamber music release in Japan, 11 Grammy nominations, Grammy Awards for "Best Chamber Music Recording" and "Best Recorded Contemporary Composition" in 1996, and "Best of the Year" awards from Time Magazine and Stereo Review. As a soloist, Katz has appeared in New York, Cleveland, Toronto, Detroit, Los Angeles, and other cities throughout North America. In addition to his performing and teaching activities at the New England Conservatory, Katz is an active advocate for chamber music and in 2001 received the National Service Award, Chamber Music America’s highest honor. Katz plays a 1669 Andrea Guarneri cello and has numerous recordings on ProArte, RCA Victor, Telarc, Sony, and Philips.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations requested at the door: $10 general; $5 students and children.

For more information, please contact the Concert Hotline: (773) 702-8069.

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