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Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series presents:
Cypress String Quartet

Sunday, March 18, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
at the Gualala Arts Center
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Known for its elegant performances, the Cypress String Quartet's sound has been called "beautifully proportioned and powerful" by The Washington Post, and the ensemble has been singled out by Chamber Music Magazine as "a Generation X ensemble to watch."

Cypress String Quartet


Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
String Quartet No. 28 in E-Flat Major,
    Op. 20 No. 1 Hob. III:31

Allegro moderato
Minuet: Un poco Allegretto
Affetuoso e sostenuto
Finale: Presto

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

Maestoso - Allegro teneramente
Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile
Scherzando vivace
Finale: Alla breve


Philippe Hersant (b. 1948)
String Quartet No. 3


The Cypress (Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin; Ethan Filner, viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello) formed in 1996 in San Francisco and during its first rehearsals together created a now-signature sound.

Built up from the bottom register of the quartet and layered like a pyramid, the resulting sound is clear and transparent, allowing the texture of the music to be discerned immediately.

The Cypress String Quartet's unusual approach to their career is influenced by their fierce dedication to the ensemble. From the beginning, the foursome made a commitment to each other to perform only as a quartet (meaning that they would not take on teaching or freelance jobs as orchestral members or with other chamber ensembles). They realized early on that they needed to create their own performance opportunities and organized as a non-profit - the Cypress Performing Arts Association.

Now, on top of a busy schedule of more than 90 concerts each year at venues across the U.S. and internationally, including major concert halls and series such as the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Stanford Lively Arts, Krannert Center and Ravinia Festival, the Cypress String Quartet is a vibrant member of the San Francisco arts community and is dedicated to reflecting and enriching the city's cultural landscape.

Tickets are $25 advance; $5 more day of concert (buy your tickets early!).
Children and young people ages 7 through 17 are admitted free.

For advance purchase, go to Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 800-838-3006.
To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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