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The Pacifica Quartet posing with their instruments. From left to right, violinist Austin Hartman, violist Mark Holloway, violinist Simin Ganatra and cellist Brandon Vamos. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

Heads up! The final concert in Salida Concerts’ summer classical performance series is coming up this Saturday, August 12. The Grammy-winning (multiple times over, no less) chamber ensemble Pacifica Quartet will be coming to the auditorium at Salida High School for this summer’s classical performance grand finale.

Held in conjunction with the Aspen Music Festival and School, Saturday’s performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. However, doors will open to concertgoers an hour earlier, at 6:30 p.m. so people can find their seats and, if interested, engage the quartet in a pre-concert talk that will commence at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults, and free for any student currently enrolled anywhere from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Any adult who attends the concert with a student will get their ticket for half price.

To purchase tickets online, click here.

Saturday’s program includes two string quartet pieces, the first composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, and the second by Sergei Prokofiev, Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 92.

The Pacifica Quartet currently leads the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Prior to that, they have a storied history dating back to their formation in 1994, a resumé which includes residency positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

They won their first Grammy Award in 2008 for a recording of Elliot Carter’s Quartets, Nos. 1 and 5. In 2021, they became repeat recipients for their album “Contemporary Voices”, a collection of compositions by three Pulitzer Prize-winning composers: Shulamit Ran, Jennifer Higdon, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

With a performance track record like theirs, the Pacifica Quartet is not to be missed if given the opportunity to see them live. For those who haven’t yet been to one of this summer’s classical performances by Salida Concerts, this is an ideal—and the final—opportunity to do so before 2024.