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May 20, 2002 Press Contact: Kristine Kohler-Hall
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Pacifica Quartet members perform Brahms’ Double Concerto

What: Artists-in-Residence Simin Ganatra and Brandon Vamos, founding members of the Pacifica Quartet, will join the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform Brahms’ Double Concerto in A minor. The University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Barbara Schubert, and the University Chorus, under the direction of Randi von Ellefson, will collaborate to present Kodály’s captivating Te Deum, with soloists Sarah Lawrence, soprano; Ann Vikstrom, mezzo-soprano; Calland Metts, tenor; and Bruce Tammen, baritone. The program opens with Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture.

When: 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, May 24 & 25, 2002

Where: Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street, on the University of Chicago campus.

Who: Simin Ganatra, violin, graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and currently is on the faculty at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. The Arizona Daily Sun heralds her musicianship as "creating a near miraculous sense of flow and other-worldly beauty." As a soloist she has received first prizes in the Union League of Chicago Competition, the Pasadena Instrumental Competition, the Minnesota Sinfonia Competition, and the Schubert Club Competition.

Brandon Vamos, cello, received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music Degree from Yale University. He currently holds a faculty member position at both the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Praised for his "gutsy bravura" by the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Vamos has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras worldwide, including performances with the Taipei City Symphony, the Suwon Symphony in Seoul, the Samara Symphony in Russia, the New Philharmonic Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Chicago.

The Pacifica Quartet, of which Simin Ganatra and Brandon Vamos, are both founding members, received top prize at the 1998 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and Grand Prize at the 1996 Coleman Chamber Music Competition. The Pacifica Quartet has performed in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Corcoran Gallery, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Collaborations include recent performances with Michael Tree, Paul Katz, and the St. Lawrence Quartet, and a May 4 concert at the University of Chicago with pianist Ursula Oppens.

Admission: Tickets are $8 general, $5 students. For tickets please call (773) 702-9075.

The University of Chicago Department of Music sponsors 11 different performance ensembles, which involve 500 musicians from the campus and community in over 90 concerts each year. Ensembles collectively cover a wide spectrum of historical, ethnic, and performance genres and strive to build a lifelong love of and participation in music.
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