92Y and SubCulture present
Cypress String Quartet;TUE;4/01/2014;7:30 PM EDT
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY, 10012
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
Cypress String Quartet
Known for its elegant performances and clear, transparent sound, the Cypress String Quartet (Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin; Ethan Filner, viola; Jennifer Kloetzel, cello) was formed in San Francisco in 1996. The ensemble created its signature sound through intense readings of J. S. Bach’s Chorales during its initial rehearsals.
The Cypress maintains a busy national and international tour schedule, making appearances on concert series and in venues including Cal Performances, The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, Stanford Lively Arts, Krannert Center and the Ravinia Festival. The Quartet’s collaborators include Leon Fleisher, Jon Nakamatsu, Awadagin Pratt, Gary Hoffman, Atar Arad, James Dunham and Zuill Bailey.
Through its signature Call & Response program the Cypress commissions and premieres new string quartets from both emerging and celebrated composers, asking them to write in response to already established chamber repertoire. To date, the Cypress Quartet has commissioned and premiered over 30 pieces, four of which were chosen for Chamber Music America’s list of “101 Great American Ensemble Works.” Commissioned composers include Benjamin Lees, Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts, George Tsontakis and Elena Ruehr.
The Cypress takes its name from the set of twelve love songs for string quartet, The Cypresses, by Dvořák. Its most recent recording is of its namesake work plus Dvořák’s Op. 106 Quartet, released on Avie Records this past February. Among the other titles of its 14-CD discography is a three-volume set of Beethoven’s late string quartets; The Fifteenth Anniversary Album, featuring works of Ravel, Debussy and Schulhoff; and The American Album, with Dvořák’s “American” Quartet, Op. 96, Barber’s String Quartet and Charles Griffes’ Two Sketches Based on Indian Themes.
Before coming together as a quartet, the Cypress members received degrees from leading conservatories and music schools in New York, Cleveland, San Francisco and London. After a residency at the Banff Centre and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies of the Aspen Music Festival, the Quartet coached intensively with the Amadeus Quartet in London. The instruments of the Quartet include a 1681 violin by Antonio Stradivarius, a 1733 violin by Carlos Bergonzi, a 1947 viola by Vittorio Bellarosa and a 1701 cello by Hieronymus Amati II. The Quartet’s website is cypressquartet.com.