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“Elliott Carter is one of America’s most distinguished creative artists in any field.” -Aaron Copland
“There’s no point in predicting future greatness for the young Pacifica String Quartet. That future is already here.” -Los Angeles Times

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Program:

  • Carter, String Quartet no. 1
  • Carter, String Quartet no. 2
  • Carter, String Quartet no. 3
  • Carter, String Quartet no. 4
  • Carter, String Quartet no. 5

Not many living composers are absolutely assured that their works will be inscribed in the honor roll of classics, but that’s not in doubt for Elliott Carter, who in the course of a century-long career has drawn from an apparently inexhaustible font of creative ideas. Quite a few of his pieces have long been recognized as touchstones of modernism, and none more so than his five string quartets, produced at intervals of roughly a decade between 1950 and 1995, and often cited as one of the most extraordinary quartet cycles in all of music.

The Pacifica Quartet, one of the best and brightest among younger chamber ensembles and an especially persuasive interpreter of modern music, scored a breakthrough success several years by astonishing audiences with its electrifying performances of the complete cycle of Carter’s quartets… two-and-a-half hours of music in a single evening.

About the Ticket Supplier: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of twelve constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Along with other constituents such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society has its home at Lincoln Center, in Alice Tully Hall. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

CMS presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Performing repertoire from over three centuries, and numerous premieres by living composers, CMS offers programs curated to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music. The performing artists of CMS, a multi-generational selection of expert chamber musicians, constitute an evolving repertory company capable of presenting chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period (see Artists of the Society and Guests). Its annual activities include a full season of concerts and activities, national and international tours, nationally televised broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center, a radio show broadcast nationwide, and regular appearances on National Public Radio's Performance Today.