LISTEN: The Pacifica Quartet On Performing Complete Quartet Cycles And Touring The Northwest
The Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet is known for their advocacy of contemporary music and for their acclaimed performances of complete quartet cycles by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and Elliott Carter. The Indiana University-based quartet visited Moscow, Idaho in January 2020 for a week of concerts, outreach events and master classes.
What’s it like to take on the daunting task of performing and recording one composer’s complete set of quartets? On January 23, classical music host Anjuli Dodhia spoke to violist Mark Holloway and cellist Brandon Vamos.
From the teaching studio to the concert hall, musicians are uniquely poised to create community through their work. For one Tacoma-based violin teacher, inspiration comes from camaraderie with fellow performers and students. Continue Reading Passing The Baton: Puget Sound Professor Of Violin Dr. Maria Sampen
The last time orchestras had a regular concert season, few works by female composers were played. In fact, less then 9% of music programmed by the top orchestras in the U.S. were by women composers. Where are all the women? Dr. Sophia Tegart, professor of flute and music history at Washington State University is making sure they take a prominent place in her classroom. Continue Reading Passing The Baton: Professor of Flute and Music History Dr. Sophia Tegart
Music is a tough business, but a diverse one. Not everyone can take center stage in the concert hall. At Washington State University, Dr. Keri McCarthy is one of the professors encouraging her students to think about their future roles in society as musicians– as music consumers, creators, and educators — by looking to the past. Continue Reading Passing The Baton: Oboist And WSU Professor Of Music Dr. Keri McCarthy