CYPRESS STRING QUARTET PRESENTS
A FREE POP-UP CONCERT SERIES
“BEETHOVEN IN THE CITY”
PRESENTED IN ALL 11 SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICTS ALL OF BEETHOVEN’S STRING QUARTETS
May 4-19 throughout San Francisco
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (30 March, 2016)–The Cypress String Quartet celebrates its 20th and final season by presenting San Francisco with a heart-felt present, a series of pop-up concerts entitled “Beethoven in the City.” As a fond farewell, they will present the complete string quartets of Beethoven in free public concerts in all 11 districts of San Francisco. From St. Anthony’s Dining Room, to public parks, to the Rotunda at City Hall, music lovers can enjoy these glorious works performed by the quartet as a loving tribute to its hometown. These concerts will be presented May 4-19 throughout San Francisco. For more information the public may call (415) 500-2150 or visit http://cypressquartet.com/beethoven-in-the-city/.
This concert series will be presented at such diverse venues as Jane Warner Plaza at Castro Plaza, the Persia Triangle, Crissy Field, Fort Funston, Sutro Baths, Bernal Heights Library, San Francisco General Hospital, and at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, among others.
For the past several seasons, the Cypress String Quartet (CSQ) has immersed itself in performing Beethoven on tours throughout the United States and Europe as well as recording all 16 works plus the “Grande Fugue” (Große Fuge). On May 6, AVIE Records will release the group’s recording of Beethoven’s Early Quartets. The album was recorded at Skywalker Sound by Mark Willsher and produced by Cecily Ward. The CSQ completes its cycle of the genre’s greatest oeuvre with this 2-CD set of Beethoven’s six groundbreaking quartets, Op. 18, alongside a reissue of its 2012 self-released recording of Beethoven’s Late Quartets. The completion of the Beethoven cycle recording is a fitting celebration of the ensemble’s 20th anniversary as well as the group’s valedictory season.
In 20 years on the concert stage, the Cypress String Quartet has played thousands of concertsthroughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Lauded by The New York Times for its “tender, deeply expressive” interpretations, the group has recorded over 15 albums which are played regularly on hundreds of radio stations throughout the world. The quartet has also been heard on the Netflix original series “House of Cards” and has collaborated with leading artists ranging from Michael Franti of Spearhead to modern dance companies.
In addition to definitive interpretations of masters such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, the CSQ has commissioned some of the most important composers of our time including Kevin Puts, Philippe Hersant, Jennifer Higdon, George Tsontakis, and Elena Ruehr. Upon reviewing the world premiere of composer George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 5, the San Francisco Chronicle said the quartet “brought a combination of tenderness and urgency to the music, expertly rendering the piece’s delicate weave.”
The members of the CSQ were educated at the world’s most prestigious conservatories including the Juilliard School, the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the Eastman School of Music. Early in their musical career, the CSQ mentored with members of the Amadeus Quartet in London.
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WHAT: The Cypress String Quartet celebrates its 20th and final season by presenting San Francisco with a heart-felt present, a series of pop-up concerts entitled “Beethoven in the City.” As a fond farewell, they will present the complete string quartets of Beethoven in free public concerts in all 11 districts of San Francisco. From St. Anthony’s Dining Room, to public parks, to the Rotunda at City Hall, music lovers can enjoy these glorious works performed by the quartet as a loving tribute to its hometown.
CONCERTS: May 4-19, locations throughout San Francisco
For specific dates and times please visit http://cypressquartet.com/beethoven-in-the-city/
INFO: For more information visit http://cypressquartet.com/beethoven-in-the-city/ or call (415) 500-2150
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