The Pacifica Quartet, with guest clarinetist Anthony McGill, opens the 35th Music in the Park Series season with a program of works by Mozart, Britten and Brahms.  The quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest ensembles performing today. They were quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City from 2009-20012, presenting the complete Beethoven and Shostakovich quartet cycles to great acclaim. Winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Pacifica earned the 2009 Grammy for “Best Chamber Music Performance” and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” award. The Pacifica is well-known to Twin Cities music lovers for its performances, from 2008 to 2011, of the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle on Music in the Park Series. Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. Pacifica Quartet and McGill will feature Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor on their Music in the Park Series program.

Pacifica Quartet

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009 – 2012)—a position previously held by the Guarneri String Quartet—and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Prior to their appointment to the Jacobs School, the Quartet was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 2003 to 2012. The Pacifica Quartet also serves as resident performing artist at the University of Chicago.


Pacifica Quartet

Simin Ganatra, violin
Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin
Masumi Per Rostad, viola
Brandon Vamos, cello

Anthony McGill

Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (MET), has been recognized as one of classical music’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. Before joining the MET Orchestra in 2004, he served as associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

On January 20, 2009, McGill performed “Air and Simple Gifts” by John Williams with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and again on August 18, 2012 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as part of a special concert honoring John Williams 80th birthday.

In 2000, McGill was a winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and in March of 2012 was one of the first three artists to receive the Sphinx Organization’s Medal of Excellence, which were presented at the U.S. Supreme Court.

McGill frequently performs with the MET Chamber Ensemble and in January 2012 was featured in the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He can also be seen on the Live in HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera.

In addition to the MET Orchestra, he has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony and Symphony in C, to name a few. In May of 2012 he and his brother Demarre McGill were invited by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra where they began their careers, to be soloists in the world premiere of a concerto for flute and clarinet written for them by Joel Puckett .

Anthony McGill has collaborated with such musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida and Lang Lang, and in many festivals including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Grand Teton, Interlochen, Music from Angel Fire, Bridgehampton, and Sarasota Festival. In July 2012 he participated in the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa.

McGill’s love of chamber music has taken him throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. He has worked with such quartets as the Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Shanghai, Pacifica, Miami, Miro and Daedalus, and with such groups as Musicians from Marlboro and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is a member of the Schumann Trio with violist Michael Tree and pianist Anna Polonsky.

McGill has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, Ravinia’s Rising Star Series, on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, and on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood television show.

He attended Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Curtis Institute of Music. His teachers have included Donald Montanaro, Richard Hawkins, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, David Tuttle and Sidney Forrest.

In high demand as a teacher, McGill currently serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Mannes College and Bard College Conservatory of Music. He has given master classes at the Curtis Institute, University of Michigan, SUNY Stony Brook, Temple University, UCLA, University of New Mexico, Manhattan School of Music, and has been a coach at the Verbier Festival.


Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ

Join us for a pre-concert discussion at 3pm.

Celebrate with us!

Following this concert, please join the Pacifica Quartet, friends and neighbors at Muffuletta Café to celebrate the 35th season of Music in the Park Series! Enjoy a post-concert prix fixe dinner or nightly menu selections.

Sunday, September 29, 2013
6:30 to 9:00 pm

Muffuletta Café
2260 Como Avenue
St Paul, MN 55108
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For reservations, call Muffuletta Café at (651) 644-9116. Identify yourself as attending the Music in the Park Series post-concert dinner. Please mention others in your party. Seating is limited.


MOZART Quartet in F Major, K. 590
SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 7, Opus 108
BRAHMS Quintet in B minor for clarinet and strings, Op. 115

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The breadth of their repertoire already makes the Pacifica Quartet from America a special string quartet, but it is their always fresh and daring interpretations that make this ensemble so impressive.

Ensemble Magazine

Classical music isn’t quite as known for such outright individualism, but it’s still there. A good example can be found in clarinetist Anthony McGill, a man with a voice.

Mercury News

The playing is nothing short of phenomenal.

Daily Telegraph, London