Concert 1 - Cypress Signature Series
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).
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.
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.
To purchase the three concert series, visit:
Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
43A West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
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