September 17, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager


AMHERST, Mass. – The 2010-2011 Music at Amherst Chamber Series begins on Wednesday, Oct. 6, with works by Schumann, Shostakovich and Beethoven performed by the Pacifica Quartet. The concert is at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College and requires tickets; seats may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 or emailing

The Pacifica Quartet is winner of the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance and was named Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes their playing as “luscious, edge-of-your-seat music-making that is nothing short of brilliant.” The quartet, which is celebrated for breathtaking virtuosity, razor-edged intellect and gorgeous sound, will perform Schumann’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1; Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 3, and Beethoven’s Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3.

The box office for this performance opens on Sept. 22. Ticket prices are $28 for the general public, $22 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $7 for Amherst College students. Amherst College students can also request free student rush tickets at the door beginning at 7 p.m. on the evening of the performance.