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Pacifica Quartet Interview on WCPE’s Show “Preview!”

Interview to air Sunday, April 22 at 6p.m.

Wake Forest, NC, April 21, 2007 --( General Manager Deborah S. Proctor of WCPE 89.7FM,, announced today that WCPE's "Preview!" will air an interview with members of the Pacifica Quartet this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. The interview will discuss their latest CD and their upcoming trip to Raleigh as a part of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild's 2006-2007 season.

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has carved out a compelling musical path.

The Pacifica is the resident quartet of the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago and has won top prizes in international competitions, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant. The Pacifica Quartet is only the second chamber ensemble in the 30-year history of the program to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

“WCPE is excited to be a part of their upcoming visit and appreciates Raleigh Chamber Music Guild's continued passion for bringing world class music to central North Carolina,” said Deana Vassar, “Preview!” producer.

The Raleigh Chamber Music Guild's next concert will feature the Pacifica Quartet and guest pianist Wu Han on Sunday, Apr. 29 at 3:00pm in Fletcher Theater. Pianist Wu Han ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today.

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About WCPE:
With a 28-year history, WCPE 89.7 FM is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music broadcasting. Community-minded business underwriters and foundations are among the 150,000 listeners in the North Carolina broadcast area. General Manager Deborah S. Proctor’s leadership has enabled the WCPE community to include national and worldwide listeners. Big and small dish home satellite transmissions serve North America. Other radio stations and cable television systems use these services to rebroadcast Great Classical Music. WCPE is one of the first public broadcasters to stream on the Internet. WCPE is heard worldwide on the Internet in multiple formats, including the next generation IPv6. Because WCPE receives no tax-derived support, the station conducts two on-air fundraising campaigns and two major mail-out campaigns per year to raise needed operating funds. Quarter Notes, the WCPE Program Guide, is published four times a year as a means to enhance appreciation and understanding of classical music. It is distributed to station supporters and is also available online at For more information, visit or call 919-556-5178.

About Pacifica Quartet:
The ensemble first came together in 1994, it quickly swept top prizes in several leading international competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. In 2002 the Pacifica was appointed to Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program for gifted young musicians, and it was further honored with Chamber Music America’s coveted Cleveland Quartet Award. In May 2006 the Pacifica received a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, only the second chamber music ensemble ever to be selected. The members of the Pacifica Quartet live in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where they were appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2004 and serve as Faculty Quartet in Residence. The Pacifica Quartet tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. It can also be heard on many of the nation’s most prominent radio broadcasts. Prolific in the recording studio, the Pacifica Quartet recently released Declarations: Music Between the Wars showcasing music composed by Leos Janacek, Paul Hindemith, and America’s Ruth Crawford Seeger during the turbulent 1920s and 1930s.For more information, visit

About The Raleigh Chamber Music Guild:
Celebrating 66 Years: 1941-2007, the fundamental mission of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild is to promote and present chamber music in the Greater Raleigh area. For more information, visit

About Wu Han:
Wu Han began her musical studies at the age of nine, and within a few years took first prizes in all the major competitions in Taiwan. She quickly became the pianist of choice to perform with distinguished visiting artists, and her popularity with western musicians led to invitations to perform in the United States. There Wu Han studied with Raymond Hanson, Rudolf Serkin, Herbert Stessin, Lilian Kallir, and Menahem Pressler. She was a participant for two summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, and performed on two nationwide tours with Music from Marlboro.Taking Europe and America by storm, Wu Han frequently appears as soloist with many of today's leading orchestras. Winner of the Andrew Wolf Award for pianists making a significant contribution to the world of chamber music, Wu Han is a perennial favorite of summer festival audiences, appearing at Caramoor, Ravinia, Saratoga, Aspen, Vail, Santa Fe and La Jolla. She has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and with ensembles such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. She has collaborated with many of today's celebrated string quartets including the Vermeer, Borromeo, St. Lawrence, Ying and the Emerson, with whom she has performed on three continents.

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