KEARNEY – Pacifica Quartet, a Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble, will perform a free public concert 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 12) at the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Fine Arts Recital Hall.
The concert will feature three string quartet works: Florence Price’s “String Quartet No. 1 in G Major,” Sergei Prokofiev’s “String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92” and Antonin Dvorak’s “String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105.”
The group will work with UNK’s scholarship student ensemble, the Thornton String Quartet, during a string quartet master class presented 2:30 p.m. that day in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. That event is also free and open to the public. Members of the Thornton String Quartet are Joshua Wetovick of Fullerton (violin I), Colton Hervert of Ravenna (violin II), Rochelle Hazelton of Fremont (viola) and Rachel Witt of Hastings (cello).
Both events are supported by the UNK Faculty Senate Artists and Lecturers Committee, Thornton String Quartet Foundation Fund and Music Department String Priority Fund.
Formed in 1994, Pacifica Quartet has released multiple recordings under record companies such as Cedille Records, Naxos Records and Hyperion Records, including the complete string quartets by Elliott Carter, Felix Mendelssohn and Dmitri Shostakovich. The internationally renowned ensemble has received multiple Grammy Awards for best chamber music performance along with countless other honors.
Members Simin Ganatra (violin), Austin Hartman (violin), Mark Holloway (viola) and Brandon Vamos (cello) live in Bloomington, Indiana, where they serve as the quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.