ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Known for its often daring repertory, the Pacifica String Quartet will play Shostakovich’s tribute to his first wife, along with Israeli composer Shulamit Ran’s memory piece about a composer who died in Auschwitz at Santa Fe’s St. Francis Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 12.
Pacifica violist Mark Holloway has long been partial to Shostakovich’s unique harmonic language.
“I just find his a very unique voice,” Holloway said in a phone interview from Bloomington, Indiana, where the musicians are the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University. “It was a difficult life in Stalinist Russia. You had to say one thing and mean another.”