Critic’s Choice

Tue Apr 07, 2015 at 4:40 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Photo: Bettman/CORBIS
Photo: Bettman/CORBIS

The 100th anniversary of World War I will be marked by the University of Chicago Presents series this weekend.

The Pacifica Quartet will be joined by several top artists for “Music from the Great War,” three programs exploring works written during the war years. Among the guests are clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, violinist Arnaud Sussmann, and pianists Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss.

The series will kick off 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Mandel Hall with Elgar’s Violin Sonata, Poulenc’s Sonata for Piano Four Hands, selections from Granados’ Goyescas and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat suite.

There will be two programs Saturday at Fulton Recital Hall. Janácek’s Violin Sonata No. 1 and Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata will be performed at 1:30 p.m. An all-Debussy program follows at 4 p.m. with the Violin Sonata, Cello Sonata and Sonata for Viola, Flute and Harp. At the Logan Center at 7 p.m. there will be an examination of the English War Poets with baritone John Brancy, pianist Peter Dugan, and speaker John Wilkinson.

Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, Bartok’s String Quartet No. 2 and Elgar’s Piano Quintet will be performed 3 p.m. Sunday at the Logan Center. Ancillary activities will include lectures before each event.

Tickets are $15-$35 with $98 for a weekend pass for all events. Call 773-702-2787 or go online to

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