Pacifica Quartet

Pacifica Quartet performs as part of the Salida Aspen Concerts July 20 at Salida High School.

Internationally recognized chamber ensemble Pacifica Quartet will present compositions for string quartet by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Turina for the third performance of Salida Aspen Concerts’ summer series. 

The concert will take place Saturday, July 20, at the Salida High School auditorium, located at 26 Jones Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The quartet will give a pre-concert talk with audience members beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. performance.

Tickets are available online at or at the door. 

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition over the past 25 years 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 (NYC) and received a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Chamber Music Performance.

In 2017, the Pacifica Quartet was designated to lead the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

The Pacifica Quartet features violinists Simin Ganatra and Austin Hartman, violist Mark Holloway and cellist Brandon Vamos. The quartet formed in 1994 and has won numerous awards.

For their Salida Aspen Concert recital, the quartet will begin with La Oración del Torero, Op. 34, by Joaquín Turina, a Spanish classical composer known for his rapturous melodies.

Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68, will follow, and the performance will conclude with Beethoven’s String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky”. 

Salida Aspen Concerts is funded entirely by ticket sales, individual donations and the generous support of local businesses.

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