SPECIAL PROJECTS OVERVIEW
2014-15 SALON SERIES
For its 2014-15 Salon Series, the Cypress String Quartet explores the Early and Middle String Quartets of Beethoven, showcasing a selection from each period on each program in unique pairings with stunning night-themed works by later composers: For the October 2014 program, the Cypress will be joined by SF Symphony principal violist Jonathan Vinocour and SF Conservatory faculty cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau for Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night string sextet. In February, the third work on the program will be Jeffery Cotton’s gorgeous Serenade, and in May it will be Ligeti’s String Quartet No.1. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy Cypress performances in intimate venues and to experience chamber music in its purest form.
In Berkeley, CSQ performs in the striking Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts on Fridays at 8pm:
October 24, 2014 | February 6 AND 13, 2015| May 8 AND 15, 2015
In San Francisco, CSQ performs in the intimate Kanbar Performing Arts Center on Saturdays at 8pm:
October 25, 2014 | February 7, 2015 | May 9, 2015
In Palo Alto, CSQ performs in the elegant Women’s Club of Palo Alto on Sundays at 3pm:
October 26, 2014 | February 8, 2015 | May 10, 2015
CALL AND RESPONSE
Featuring the World Premiere of String Quartet No.6 by George Tsontakis, the 15th Annual C&R program took place on March 14th, 2014 at the Marines Memorial Theatre in San Francisco. George’s earlier String Quartet No.5 was also commissioned by the Cypress, for Call & Response 2006. This 15th Annual Call & Response concert included as the ‘call’ for George’s ‘response:’ Schubert’s seminal String Quartet No.15 in G Major along two masterpieces by Webern – his ultra-romantic Langsamersatz and the contrasting Five Movements for String Quartet.
In 2015 we will hear the World Premiere of a new String Quartet by Philippe Hersant, responding this season to the pairing of Beethoven’s Op.59 No.2 and Bartok’s String Quartet No.4. The program’s connecting theme is “night.”
Call & Response 2015
Marines Memorial Theatre
April 10, 2015, 8pm
7:15pm Pre-concert Talk with the composer
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INSPIRED BY AMERICA
Inspired by America is an innovative multimedia project exploring the collective experience that creates the American identity. Combining original film segments, insightful commentary, imagery, and elements of the finest American chamber music, Inspired by America creates a unique artistic, performance, and educational experience.
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The Cypress String Quartet is committed to exploring new music and traditional music in innovative ways, collaborating frequently with a growing number of unique artists, composers, and organizations.
While past collaborators include Leon Fleisher, Jon Nakamatsu, Awadagin Pratt, Gary Hoffman, Atar Arad, James Dunham, and Zuill Bailey, both longstanding and new relationships color the 2011-2012 season.
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