Coming in 2012

Happy New Year!

Following a couple of weeks off for the holidays that weren't really 'off' at all thanks to the ever-more complicated business side of being a String Quartet, we are diving into 2012 with a bang. Make that a handful of bangs! More information is on our calendar but quickly:

January 8th in San Jose, CA: Cypress cellist Jennifer Kloetzel performs the world premiere of composer Elena Ruehr's cello concerto (titled "Cloud Atlas") with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, who commissioned the work from Boston-based and multiple Call & Response-commissioned composer Elena Ruehr.

January 22 in Eugene, OR: Catch the Cypress with pianist Jon Nakamtsu performing the Brahms Piano Quintet.

February 3rd and 4th in Berkeley and San Francisco, CA: The Cypress continues their 15th Anniversary Celebration with the second of three pairs of concerts in their 2011-12 Salon Series. This program features quartets by Maurice Ravel, Ervin Schulhoff and Pulitzer Prize- & Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Higdon.

Thank you to all who helped fund our Radio Tour! Kickstarter campaign last month. Your support means the world to us and if anyone is missing any of their promised 'backer benefits' please don't hesitate to email us to find out what's up, at

Look for our 3rd Volume of Beethoven Late Quartets in early March when it will be released alongside the complete 3-volume set on March 6, 2012 - coincidentally the anniversary of the permiere performance back in 1826 of Beethoven's String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Opus 127. Volume 3 (Disc 1 in the chronologically-ordered Complete Set) includes Opus 127 and Opus 132 (in A Minor) for a total disc playing time of something ridiculously close to the 80 minute maximum. Options for pre-ordering the box set or the 3rd Volume alone will soon be available over on our Discography page.

Just today we received in our Quartet mailbox the parts for this season's Call & Response commission: Quatuor A Cordes No.3 by the fantastic French composer Philippe Hersant. This was one of those rare moments in modern history when a commissioned work arrives in physical form not just as a .pdf attachment in our email! The Call & Response concert this spring is on March 16, 2012.

Finally, the Cypress Quartet's parent organization, the Cypress Performing Arts Association, is entering a new era as we begin the search this week for a new Executive Director following the departure from the CPAA last month of our great friend and fearless leader for the past 5 years, Todd Donovan. We have the job description posted here if you are interested in filling some pretty big shoes, or know someone who might be: Executive Director Job Description

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