Next month the members of the Cypress String Quartet (CSQ), violinists Cecily Ward and Tom Stone, violist Ethan Filner, and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel, will present their final Slavic Soundscapes program in their 2013–2014 Salon Series of recitals. The two Slavic composers whose music will be performed will be Erwin Schulhoff and Antonín Dvořák. CSQ has taken an active role in promoting the music of Schulhoff, one of the many tragic victims of the Nazi takeover of Czechoslovakia. They even used the Family Matinee program they prepared for San Francisco Performances in October of 2011 to promote his 1924 set of five short pieces inspired by popular dances. The latest addition to their Schulhoff repertoire, to be performed at next month’s Salon, is the much earlier (1914) Opus 14 divertimento, written when the composer was just twenty years old. This will be complemented by Dvořák’s more seasoned Opus 51 quartet in E-flat, sometimes called the “Slavonic.”
The program will begin with Joseph Haydn’s Hoboken III/79 quartet in D major. This is the fifth of a set of six quartets that Haydn dedicated to the Hungarian count Joszéf Erdödy. The quartets were completed in 1797 but not published until 1799, and they would be Haydn’s last completed set of string quartets. The quartet is sometimes called the “Largo,” the tempo marking for the second movement, whose Cantabile rhetoric may well have influenced Ludwig van Beethoven’s work on his own string quartets.
The San Francisco performance of this concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. The venue this season is the Joe Henderson Lab, located on the first floor of the SFJAZZ Center at 201 Franklin Street, on the northwest corner of Fell Street. Single tickets will be available for $50 with a 20% discount for groups of ten or more attending the same concert. Tickets at both prices are available on a Brown Paper Tickets event page.