The Pacifica Quartet will perform Sunday in collaboration with Atar Arad, Jacobs School of Music faculty member, violinist and composer.
The concert will include “String Quartet No. 2 ‘Intimate Letters,’” “Whims” for solo viola, “Whims” for string quartet and “String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 44 No. 2,” according to a press release.
The performance will begin at 4 p.m. in Auer Hall inside the Simon Music Center. Admission is free.
The Pacifica Quartet is in its fourth year as the quartet-in-residence at the music school, where its members are also full-time faculty.
Prior to its appointment at the music school, the Pacifica Quartet was the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City from 2009 to 2012.
The quartet is also the resident performing artist at the University of Chicago, and its members served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Champagne- Urbana from 2003 to 2012.
The Pacifica Quartet’s 2015-16 season includes performances across the United States as well as in Europe and Japan.
Atar Arad is a professor of music in the music school’s strings department. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Arad studied in Belgium and Israel before serving on faculty at universities in Europe and America.
Arad has toured worldwide, recorded for a variety of record labels and published essays on concertos by Béla Bartók and William Walton.
Arad began composing music in 1992. Since then, he has completed several compositions and arrangements, including a set of 12 caprices for viola in 2013, according to his website. His pieces also include “Whims” for solo viola and “Whims” for string quartet, both of which will be performed Sunday.
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