The University of Chicago News Office
April 8, 2002 Press Contact: Wanda Jackson
(773) 702-8484

Pacifica Quartet’s season finale features new quartet by Wolfgang Rihm and Dvorák quintet with pianist Ursula Oppens

What: Pacifica Quartet’s season finale will premiere String Quartet No. 12 (2001), a new work by German composer Wolfgang Rihm. Internationally known pianist Ursula Oppens will join Pacifica Quartet in a performance of Dvorák’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81. The concert will also feature Haydn’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2.

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

When: Saturday, May 4, 2002 at 8:00 PM

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 reviews. 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.

Ursula Oppens is champion to a wide range of contemporary music. In the late 1980’s, she returned in earnest to the standard classical repertoire and venues. In addition to being the John Evans Distinguished Professor of Music at Northwestern University, Oppens has performed solo with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe as well as recitals in major halls and festivals throughout the world. Her recordings on various labels have garnered her two Grammy nominations. Oppens’ experience in both standard and contemporary arenas has made her an eloquent interpreter, revitalizing the classics and giving weight to brand-new compositions.

Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952), a prolific composer of nearly 150 instrumental and vocal works, is among the most performed composers in Germany today. Known for his “new simplicity”, he studied composition with Eugen Werner Velte at the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe, Karlheinz Stockhausen at Cologne, Klaus Huber, Wolfgang Fortner and British composer Humphrey Searle. Since 1970, Rihm has participated in a contemporary music festival at Darmstadt and in 1985, he was appointed professor of composition at the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe.

Pacifica Quartet will premiere his String Quartet No. 12 (2001) in Chicago.

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

For more information, please contact the Concert Hotline: (773)702-8069.
Last modified at 12:17 PM CST on Tuesday, October 15, 2002.

University of Chicago News Office
5801 South Ellis Avenue - Room 200
Chicago, Illinois 60637-1473
(773) 702-8360
Fax: (773) 702-8324
Contact Us