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Cypress String Quartet
Cecily Ward, violin
Tom Stone, violin
Ethan Filner, viola
Jennifer Kloetzel, cello
DVOŘÁK: Selections from Cypresses
TSONTAKIS: String Quartet No. 6 (New York premiere)
SCHUBERT: String Quartet in G major, D. 887
92Y Concerts at SubCulture is a co-presentation of 92Y and SubCulture.
This concert takes place in SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St.
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Dvořák: Cypresses for String Quartet – No. 12. Allegro animato
Interview with cellist Jennifer KIoetzel by John Clare about the Cypress Quartet’s recording of Dvořák’s Cypresses for String Quartet on Texas Public Radio, March 27, 2013. Here are two highlights:
On the name Cypress
People often think we named ourselves after the cypress tree, because they are indigenous to the California coast, but actually these wonderful gems by Dvořák are how we chose our name.
On what makes Dvořák special
What I think really makes his music stick out is the way he uses textures, especially in his 13th quartet on this disc. You'll hear these unbelievable textures of what he is doing with rhythmic feelings with viola, the cello, the second violin, and the interplay between them.
Cypress String Quartet playing first movement of Dvořák’s String Quartet in F major, Op. 96, "American," on WBGH-FM Boston’s “Drive Time Live,” December 8, 2011.
Cypress String Quartet playing second movement of Barber String Quartet in B minor, best known as “Adagio for Strings,” on WBGH-FM Boston’s “Drive Time Live,” December 8, 2011.
Cypress String Quartet playing second movement of Beethoven's String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130.
On the Blog
Profile of the Cypress String Quartet as part of its WQXR Café Concert performance. Here is an excerpt:
The Cypress has long used the kind of DIY approach more common among indie rock bands than chamber groups. They came together in 1996, not as an outgrowth of a music conservatory program, as many quartets are, but through an open casting call. “The other violinist and I both studied with the same teacher and we had the idea that when we finished school we'd put a quartet together," said [violinist Tom] Stone. "We talked to Jennifer [Kloetzel, the cellist], who is recommended to us by a mutual friend, and talked to her about this crazy idea we had."
The crazy idea, said Kloetzel, was "there was no job and no guarantee. We were all finished up with grad school. I had friends in New York who said, 'if you do this you're going to fall off the face of the earth.' It was a leap of faith for all of us."
The members all moved to San Francisco and started rehearsing together in living rooms and garages for five hours a day, talking about their dreams and surviving on Ramen noodles.