Cypress String Quartet
92Y Debut, Only NYC Concert of the Season
92Y Concerts at SubCulture
Featuring the New York Premiere of George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6
Plus Selections from Dvořák’s Cypresses and Schubert’s String Quartet No.15 in G Major
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30pm
45 Bleecker Street (downstairs) | NYC
Tickets: $30/$35 at 212.415.5500 or www.92Y.org
“artistry of uncommon insight & cohesion” – Gramophone
Cypress Quartet: www.cypressquartet.com
The Cypress String Quartet will give the New York premiere of award-winning composer George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6 as part of the new series “92Y Concerts at SubCulture,” a co-presentation of 92Y and newly opened club SubCulture. The concert, which is the group’s 92Y debut and their only NYC appearance of the season, also includes selections from Dvořák’s set of twelve love songs for string quartet, Cypresses, from which the Quartet takes its name, and Schubert’s seminal String Quartet No. 15 in G Major. The Cypress Quartet’s recording of Dvořák’s Cypresses was released as part of the quartet’s debut album on AVIE in February 2013.
Tsontakis’ new work was commissioned this year by the Cypress Quartet through its 15th annual Call & Response program. Through Call & Response, the Cypress Quartet commissions and premieres new string quartets from both emerging and celebrated composers. Call & Response creates a dynamic dialogue between the past and present, between performers and composers, and among audiences of all ages. Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6 is written in response to Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major plus two masterpieces by Webern – his ultra-romantic Langsamersatz and the contrasting Five Movements for String Quartet.
The Cypress Quartet’s annual Call & Response concert has earned a strong West Coast following; the major concert is preceded by performances throughout the Bay Area in community centers and schools. Call & Response 2014 is supported in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
This is the second time George Tsontakis has been commissioned by the Cypress Quartet through the ensemble’s Call & Response program. Tsontakis wrote his String Quartet No. 5 for the group in 2005, in response to Beethoven’s Late Quartets. It was the first quartet Tsontakis had composed in 20 years, and is written in memory of composer George Rochberg, who died in 2005.