College of Creative Arts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ariane Bicho, Publicist
College of Creative Arts
San Francisco State University
(415) 338-0520 fax
Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs
Quartets String Together Grand Performances
Francisco, July 23, 2003 - A trio of internationally acclaimed
string quartets performs for Bay Area audiences this fall
thanks to the Morrison Artists’ Series. A San Francisco
music tradition for more than 50 years, the Morrison Series
sponsors free performances by world-class chamber musicians
at the McKenna Theatre on the San Francisco State University
the fall program, the Alexander String Quartet blends classical
and 20th century masterworks on Sunday, September 7 at 3
p.m. Next, the Kopelman Quartet, a new ensemble of seasoned
players, performs Sunday, October 12 at 3 p.m. And closing
the fall season, on Sunday, November 2 at 3 p.m. the Gewandhaus
Quartet of Leipzig, Germany, which is the world’s oldest
continuous string quartet. Individual
performances are as follows:
Alexander String Quartet
Sunday, September 7, at 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, the
Alexander String Quartet returns to
the series for an enchanting afternoon featuring Mozart, Shostakovich,
and Beethoven. Known for exacting musicianship and exceptional
stylistic range, the ensemble, SFSU’s quartet-in-residence, earns regular
acclaim for its superlative performances throughout the country.
Equally at home with Beethoven and Bartok, the members have recorded
more than a dozen CDs, and are known to let audiences choose an evening’s
Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421; Shostakovich/String
Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122 (1966); Beethoven/String
Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2.
Following a summer tour in Europe, the Kopelman Quartet performs
at the McKenna Theatre, Sunday, October 12 at 3 p.m. Headed by legendary
violinist Mikhail Kopelman, formerly of the celebrated Borodin Quartet,
the ensemble brings together the prodigy and passion of four masters
steeped in the Russian tradition of vibrant, commanding quartets.
All four players attended the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, where
their teachers included the eminent composer Dmitri Shostakovich
and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, and enjoyed long tenures in European
quartets and trios before forming the Kopelman Quartet in 2002.
On Sunday, November 2 at 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre the Gewandhaus Quartet
presents inspiring selections from Mozart, Schubert and Brahms. Now
in its 194th year, this storied group from Leipzig, Germany, is the
world’s oldest continuous string quartet. In its early days
the quartet, whose members herald from Leipzig’s internationally
esteemed Gewandhaus Orchestra, played with the likes of Johannes
Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn and Edvard Grieg. More recently, with what
German music magazine Klassik Heute lauds as “exemplary, standard-setting
interpretation,” the current ensemble has brought its powerful,
seasoned sounds to concerts with such performers as Yo-Yo Ma and
Quartet in C Major, KV 465 (Dissonance); Schubert/String
Quartet in C minor, D 703 (Quartettsatz); Brahms/String Quartet
in C minor, Op. 51/1.
Bay Area audiences the world’s finest chamber music
since 1952, the Morrison Artists’ Series was created
as part of the Morrison Chamber Music Center. The center
exists in two parts: the artists’ series or concert
program and the instructional program. The Morrison Artists’ Series
concert program, under the command of Artistic Director Saul
Gropman, presents six free Sunday afternoon performances
each year by acclaimed chamber music ensembles in the 700-seat
McKenna Theatre on the San Francisco State University campus.
The instructional program of the Morrison Chamber Music Center
features the Alexander String Quartet, SFSU’s quartet-in-residence,
coaching chamber musicians from the university’s School
of Music and Dance. In cooperation with San Francisco Performances,
the Alexander String Quartet provides educational outreach
to aspiring young musicians in local schools and community
Admission to the Morrison Artists’ Series is always free. Nearby
on-street parking is readily available on weekends. Public parking
is also available in Lot 20 on the SFSU Campus, which can be accessed
from Lake Merced Boulevard between Winston Drive and Font Boulevard.
Parking in the lot is $1 per hour with a $5 daily maximum. For more
information, see www.sfsu.edu/~parking.
Morrison Artists’ Series is a program of the College
of Creative Arts and its School of Music and Dance at San
Francisco State University. For more information about the
College of Creative Arts, please visit www.collegeofcreativearts.org.
Applications are available by calling the SFSU Admissions
Office at 415/338-1113.