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DEEP FEELINGS

The Pacifica Quartet came to town last January, playing Mozart, Dvorak and Elliott Carter for the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. Now, the young ensemble is back, this time on the Slee Beethoven Quartet Series.

It should be interesting to hear the Pacifica tackle Beethoven. When the group was in town almost a year ago, cellist Brandon Vamos spoke candidly of the challenges the composer presents. "To get to know a late Beethoven quartet, you have to live with it. You have to live and breathe with it," he told The News. "That doesn't happen overnight. The music just evolves. It's a great feeling. But that's what's great about being in a quartet. You can perform a piece hopefully a hundred times."

At 8 p.m. Saturday, the Pacifica will begin with the beautiful Quartet in E Flat, Op. 74, nicknamed "the Harp" because of distinctive sound effects in the first movement. The group continues with the Quartet in G, Op. 18 No. 2; and the monumental Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.

The concert takes place in Lippes Hall on the University at Buffalo's North Campus. Admission is $12, with discounts for students and seniors. For information, call 645-2921.