Cypress String Quartet Returns February 19

The renowned Cypress String Quartet returns to Centrum on February 19 at 2 p.m. as part of the The Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival’s Joseph F. Wheeler Celebration Series.

The Quartet’s performance at the Joseph F. Wheeler at Fort Worden State Park will feature String Quartet No. 2 from Mendelssohn, Lento Assai from composer Kevin Puts, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132.

Concertgoers are invited to meet the performers at a reception at the Fort Worden Chapel, immediately following the performance.

The Cypress String Quartet – violinists Cecily Ward and Tom Stone, violist Ethan Filner, and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel – formed in San Francisco in 1996, and take their name from the set of twelve love songs for string quartet, The Cypresses, by Antonin Dvořák. They have commissioned and premiered more than 30 new works, four of which are now included on Chamber Music America’s list of “101 Great American Ensemble Works.”

During their 15th anniversary season in 2011-2012, the Cypress String Quartet will add two new recordings to its 10-album discography. In November 2011 the Quartet released The American Album, which includes Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12 (“American”), Charles Griffes’ Two Sketches Based on Indian Themes, and Barber’s Quartet, Op. 11. In March 2012, the Quartet will complete its 3-volume set of Beethoven’s Late Quartets (composed between 1822 and 1826, historically known as Beethoven’s Late Period), including the groundbreaking Opus 132.

The Quartet continues to maintain a busy national and international tour schedule, making appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Stanford Lively Arts, Krannert Center and Ravinia Festival. Their collaborators include artists such as Leon Fleisher, Jon Nakamatsu, Awadagin Pratt, Gary Hoffman, Atar Arad, James Dunham, and Zuill Bailey.

The Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival’s Joseph F. Wheeler Series honors the late Joseph F. Wheeler, Founding Director of Centrum, and continues the tradition of chamber music in the shoulder season that was established by Wheeler and Centrum Board member Leah Hammer.

Tickets are available online or by phone at 800.746.1982 between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM, PST, Monday through Saturday, or between the hours of 6 AM and noon on Sunday (a processing fee applies).

The Port Townsend Chamber Music festival continues on Sunday, April 22 featuring four virtuoso period-instrument players including soprano Phoebe Jevtovic Alexander, and violinist Ingrid Matthews, Music Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra.

The Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival is sponsored in part by the Washington State Arts Commission, Rick and Debbie Zajicek, James and Nelly Tretter, and Ken Snider.