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All Three Concerts - Cypress Signature Series
Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
New York, NY
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All Three Concerts - Cypress Signature Series
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Concert Two: Saturday 11/13, 8pm

Concert Three: Sunday 11/14, 8pm

The San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet performs for the first time in New York in three intimate concerts at the Tenri Cultural Institute. The Plain Dealer of Cleveland recently praised the Cypress, saying "In the forest of Beethoven recordings, the Cypress String Quartet's are some of the mightiest trees."

The Quartet brings music that exemplifies its artistic mission to New York -- pieces from the core repertoire for string quartet (by Beethoven, Dvorak, and Debussy), music overlooked by history (by Griffes, Stravinsky, and Schulhoff) and new pieces commissioned by the ensemble (by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, George Tsontakis, and Elena Ruehr).

The Cypress formed in 1996 and currently performs over 90 concerts each year. In addition to its busy touring schedule, the Cypress is releasing a series of recordings of Beethoven's Late Quartets. Volume 1 was released in 2009, and Gramophone praised the disc as "revealing artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion." Volume 2 was released in August 2010 and Volume 3 will follow in 2011.

Seating is limited to 80 audience members and all are invited to stay for a wine and chocolate reception after each performance to meet and greet the Cypress String Quartet and the guest composers. ***Note that the starting time on Thursday, November 11, 2010, is 8:30pm.  The other concerts in this series begin at 8:00pm.

Thursday, November 11, 2010, 8:30pm:
Ervin Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet
Jennifer Higdon: Impressions (NYC Premiere)
Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

This year alone, composer Jennifer Higdon won the Pulitzer Prize in Music and the Grammy Award for "Best Classical Composer".  Her Quartet, Impressions, was written for the Cypress Quartet and recorded for the Naxos label.   Based on impressionist painting and music, Jennifer Higdon's Quartet is paired with Debussy Quartet to illuminate music inspired by visual imagery.  Schulhoff's "Five Pieces" for string quartet is a vibrant set of dances, offering audiences a visceral perspective into the world of the roaring '20s.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010, 8:00pm:
Igor Stravinksy: Concertino for String Quartet
Elena Ruehr: String Quartet No. 3 (NYC Premiere)
Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Two Sketches based on Native American Themes
Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

This program is a celebration of composers who lived in America beginning with Dvorak and continuing to Elena Ruehr who is one of the rising stars among American composers.  In its review of the Cypress's recording of her Quartet, Gramophone said, there is "a profound respect for conventional harmony" which "reaches deep into the psyche.  For some people it will reach deep into their heart."  The review goes on to say, "The slow movement is unspeakably gorgeous."  Strad Magazine said about the same recording that, "it's full of rhythm, life and color, immediately accessible to the listener."  This program will also include stunning and rarely heard works by Stravinsky and Griffes.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010, 8:00pm:
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135
George Tsontakis: String Quartet No. 5 'In Memoriam George Rochberg' (NYC Premiere)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130 (with Grosse Fuge)

A concert like this should not be missed.  Beethoven's late quartets are arguably the most profoundly spiritual music ever written.  Sunday's concert contains two late quartets, plus George Tsontakis' Quartet #5, which was written for the Cypress.  The Cypress String Quartet has recorded both of these Beethoven quartets as part of the first and second volumes of their recordings of Beethoven's late quartets.  These recordings have received rave reviews. Fanfare Magazine wrote, "of the recent single entries I've heard, I would happily pick the Cypress."  And in Gramophone: "Beethoven's late string quartets challenge even the most seasoned ensembles. Can musicians who have been together only a dozen or so years truly succeed in illuminating the riches?  In the case of the Cypress Quartet, the answer is an unqualified yes.  The San Francisco-based ensemble's Beethoven reveals artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion.  What wondrous artistry to behold."  

George Tsontakis who will be at the concert for the NY premiere of his 5th quartet is one of the greatest composers of our time.  In addition to being the featured composer of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2008, George Tsontakis has won several of the world's most prestigious composition awards including the 2005 Grawemeyer Award for Music, Grammy Nominations for Best Classical Composer and the Ives Fellowship.

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Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
43A West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States

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