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Gig Alert: Cypress String Quartet

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cypress String Quartet
“Lees: String Quartet #5 - 4. Explosive”
Playing Thursday at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church
(120 W. 69th St., UWS)
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Thursday night, at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, an under-appreciated American composer gets his due with a tribute concert from the Bay Area’s formidable Cypress String Quartet. Recently deceased in 2010, Benjamin Lees was raised in San Francisco and wrote extensively in the ‘50s and ‘60s. He rejected the compositional fashions of the day, eschewing atonalism and Aaron Copland’s Americana for an expressive style sometimes compared to Bartok. The Cypress Quartet has long been a champion of Lees’ work, recording three of his string quartets in 2009 for Naxos. This fourth movement of his String Quartet #5, “Explosive,” earns its name with a non-stop barrage of rapid-fire notes in the exposition, serving as a perfect vehicle for showing off the Cypress String Quartet’s technical dexterity. Thursday’s program includes two of Lees’ String Quartets in full, as well as a number of solo piano and violin pieces.

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Comments [2]

John Kloetzel from Ashland, OR

As the father of the cellist pictured, Jennifer Kloetzel, I can assure readers that the photo is INDEED of the Cypress, and not the Chiara, Quartet!

May. 03 2011 01:23 AM
Christina Jensen

This is terrific. However, the quartet pictured is not the Cypress Quartet, it is the Chiara Quartet.

Apr. 28 2011 11:23 AM

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