Anthony McGill & Pacifica
May 4 Tuesday at 7:30 pm
EJ THOMAS HALL
Pacifica has won nearly every top award in chamber music with a reputation for luscious virtuosity and edge-of-your-seat exuberance. For us they’re joining forces with Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, for works by Brahms and more.
ABOUT ANTHONY McGILL
Clarinetist Anthony McGill is one of classical music’s most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures. He serves as the principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic — that orchestra’s first African-American principal player — and maintains a dynamic international solo and chamber music career.
Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (The New York Times), as well as for his “exquisite combination of technical refinement and expressive radiance” (The Baltimore Sun), McGill also serves as an ardent advocate for helping music education reach underserved communities and for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music.
Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past twenty-six years the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today.
Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was previously the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. In 2017, the Pacifica Quartet was appointed to lead the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
McGill recently challenged other musicians to join him in spotlighting the struggle for justice through Black Lives Matter, introducing the hashtag #TakeTwoKnees.