Doubly delightful

Doubly delightful

Pacifica Quartet and Camerata Pacifica bring two top-drawer classical performances to Pasadena 

By Carl Kozlowski 02/06/2014

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Crown City classical music fans often feel the chill of winter more than most, as the local performance scene appears to cool off from the red-hot pace of summer festivals presented by CalPhil and the Pasadena Symphony and POPS. But this week, there are two treats in store for music lovers when the Pacifica Quartet performs at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium on Sunday and Camerata Pacifica comes to town on Tuesday for a show inside the Gold Room of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.  

First, Pacifica Quartet is celebrating its 20th anniversary, a period in which it won the Coleman Chamber Music Competition 50th Anniversary Prize in 1996, the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 1997, the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition in 1998, and a Grammy Award in 2009. They are based at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where the ensemble joined the faculty and was appointed quartet-in-residence in 2012.

Sunday’s Pacifica Quartet Performance is part of the 110th year of the “Sundays with Coleman” series, in which the finest chamber ensembles balance classical and contemporary repertoire in six-concert annual seasons which have been presented by the Coleman Chamber Music Association and hosted at Caltech since 1965. The Pacifica will perform Mozart’s Quartet in F Major, K. 590, Bartok’s Quartet #6 and Ravel’s Quartet in F Major at Sunday’s show.

Meanwhile, Camerata Pacifica will spotlight the talents of its principal percussionist Ji Hye Jung on Tuesday night. The marimba virtuoso shares a program with pianist Adam Neiman and flute-player Adrian Spence in which they’ll play Jung’s arrangement of Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001. Jung will then leave Neiman and Spence (who’s also Camerata’s leader) to present one of the major works for flute, Bohuslav Martin’s 1947 neoclassical Sonata for Flute & Piano. 

Camerata Pacifica programs revolve around a core of principal musicians: Spence, Nicholas Daniel, José Franch-Ballester, John Steinmetz, Richard Yongjae O’Neill, Ani Aznavoorian, Warren Jones, Jung and Neiman. Over the course of 21 seasons, they have built a passionate following in Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Marino and Los Angeles with their regular performances in those locales. 

Pacifica Quartet performs at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $24 to $45. Call (626) 793-4191 or visit  

Camerata Pacifica performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Gold Room of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Tickets are $45. Call (805) 884-8410 or visit  


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