Cypress String Quartet returns to Dominican

The Cypress String Quartet, one of the most vibrant of the San Francisco Bay Area’s string ensembles, returned to the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California on March 2.

Known internationally and nationally for its elegant performances, the Cypress String Quartet featured Cecily Ward and Tom Stone on violin; Ethan Filner on viola; and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel. They were joined on stage at Dominican by guest cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Founded in San Francisco in 1996, the Cypress String Quartet had not played in Angelico Hall in seven years. It has been praised by Gramophone for its “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion,” and its sound has been called “beautifully proportioned and powerful” by The Washington Post. CSQ has performed at the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Krannert Center, Cal Performances, Stanford Lively Arts, Ravinia Festival and in the 92nd Street Y’s series at SubCulture, a new downtown music venue in New York City.
At Dominican, the Cypress String Quartet performed the works of Haydn (String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5), Griffes (Two Sketches on Indian Themes) and Schubert (Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956).

The Sunday concerts, sponsored by Dominican’s Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts, start at 3 p.m.  Free parking is available in the nearby Conlan Center lot off Grand Avenue in San Rafael.

The concerts are free to students under the age of 18 including middle school and elementary school children if accompanied and supervised by an adult.  In addition, community college students with a valid I.D. and music and art teachers in grades K-12 will be admitted free of charge along with Dominican faculty, staff and students with a valid I.D.

Subscription season tickets for the Guest Concert Series are $72 for general admission, $60 for seniors over 60. Single-event tickets, which are only available at the door 30 minutes prior to scheduled performances, are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors over 60.