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CMB welcomes Cypress Jan 22

  • Jan 6, 2012
ChamberMusic@Beall, a joint production of the OBF and UO School of Music and Dance, resumes its season Sunday, January 22, at 3 pm with the Cypress String Quartet, appearing with pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Tickets range from $17-$37, and the concert is part of the Hult Center’s $10 College Tix program. Known for their elegant performances, the Cypress String Quartet has been described as possessing “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion” by Gramophone, and their sound has been described as “beautifully proportioned and powerful” by The Washington Post. The concert program includes Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 4, “Sunrise”; Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 95; and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34. One of the country’s most popular ensembles, the San Francisco-based Cypress has recently made appearances on concert series and in venues including Cal Performances, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Stanford Lively Arts, Krannert Center and the Ravinia Festival. Their collaborators include artists such as Leon Fleisher, Awadagin Pratt, Gary Hoffman, Atar Arad, James Dunham, and Zuill Bailey. The members of the Cypress Quartet play exceptional instruments including violins by Antonio Stradivarius (1681) and Carlos Bergonzi (1733), a viola by Vittorio Bellarosa (1947), and a cello by Hieronymus Amati II (1701). The Cypress Quartet takes its name from the set of twelve love songs for string quartet, The Cypresses, by Antonin Dvorák. Since his dramatic 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal triumph, pianist Jon Nakamatsu has become a favorite of audiences for his brilliant but unassuming musicianship and eclectic repertoire. He has performed widely in North America, Europe, and the Far East and has collaborated with such conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Osmo Vänskä. His extensive recital tours throughout the United States and Europe have featured appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London, and Milan. Read All