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Morrison Artists' Series:
Gewandhaus Quartet Presents Luminous Classical Concert


College of Creative Arts


Ariane Bicho, Publicist
College of Creative Arts
San Francisco State University
(415) 338-1442
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


San Francisco -- A foursome of accomplished European string players deliver an extraordinary classical music experience at San Francisco State University on Sunday, November 2, at 3 p.m. at the McKenna Theatre in the Creative Arts Building. The ensemble is the third of six quartets to perform this season as part of the Morrison Artists' Series.

Based in Leipzig, Germany, the Gewandhaus Quartet consists of some of Europe's most prestigious musicians and is a favorite in classical music venues around the globe. Now in its 194th year, this storied cultural institution, whose members herald from Leipzig's internationally esteemed Gewandhaus Orchestra, is the world's longest-running string quartet. The group's name, literally "cloth house," comes from the Leipzig concert hall where the orchestra performs and refers to the cloth exhibitions housed in the original structure.

In its early days the quartet played with the likes of Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn and Edvard Grieg. More recently, with what a German music magazine lauds as "exemplary, standard-setting interpretation," the current ensemble has brought its powerful, seasoned sounds to concerts with such notables as Yo-Yo Ma and Sabine Meyer.

The program features Mozart's String Quartet in C Major (Dissonance); Schubert's String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (Quartettsatz); and Brahms' String Quartet in C minor.


Bringing 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 groups.

Admission and Parking
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

The 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 Applications are available by calling the SFSU Admissions Office at 415/338-1113.


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