The first time Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke sang Poème de l’amour et de la mer, Op. 19, tears ran down her face.
Pianist Horacio Gutiérrez has performed in Chautauqua four times, but two of those stand out in his mind. His 2008 performance immediately followed a bout of lymphoma. His 2011 performance was the first his wife attended after she was struck by a bus in Miami. Thankfully, Gutiérrez said the circumstances for his return 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater are decidedly mundane.
Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov has a muse, and it’s five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Behind the musicians of Pacifica Quartet are enthusiastic parents, parents who helped their young children choose an instrument — or picked it for them. They shuttled their children to and from music lessons, making the most of what money and connections they had. When necessary, they made mandates and even ultimatums.
After all of this work, they got results: Pacifica Quartet has performed in world-class venues. They won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Ensemble. And they’ve played Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major with Yo-Yo Ma.