Once again the Cypress String Quartet, consisting of violinists Cecily Ward and Tom Stone, violist Ethan Filner, and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel, has planned a series of three Salon Series concerts for the 2013–2014 season. Also again, the programs for these concerts will be organized around a unifying theme. Last season’s theme was Sturm und Drang (storm and stress). For the coming season the theme will have a more personal orientation. Under the title Slavic Soundscapes, the three programs will feature not only specific Eastern European composers but also works by other composers influenced by the soundscapes of the region.
In San Francisco the three concerts in the season will be given on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. Program details for each of the dates are as follows:
- October 19: The Eastern European composer to be featured on this program with be the Hungarian Béla Bartók. He will be represented by his second string quartet. The “influenced” composer will be Ludwig van Beethoven with a performance of the second of his Opus 59 (“Rasumovsky”) quartets in E minor, whose scherzo includes a Russian folk song that was also appropriated by Modest Mussorgsky in the coronation scene of his opera Boris Godunov. The program will open with another of Beethoven’s “middle” quartets, Opus 74 (“Harp”) in E-flat major.
- January 25: The “Slavic voice” of this program will be that of Dmitri Shostakovich in the form of his Opus 122 quartet in F minor (his eleventh). The program will also explore the personal connection between Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten with a performance of the latter’s third quartet (Opus 94). It will conclude with the fifth string quartet by Benjamin Lees.
- May 10: This program will feature two Eastern European composers from two different centuries. The program will conclude with a performance of Antonín Dvořák’s Opus 51 in E-flat major, sometimes known as the “Slavonic” quartet, composed in 1879. This will be complemented by the program beginning with a divertimento for string quartet composed by the Czech Erwin Schulhoff in 1914. The “influenced” composer will be Joseph Haydn, represented by a performance of the Hoboken III/79 quartet in D major, the fifth of a set of six (published as Opus 76) dedicated to the Hungarian Count Joseph Erdödy.
Subscription tickets for the Salon Series are now on sale through an event page on the Brown Paper Tickets Web site. The price for the set of three concerts is $120, but there is a 10% discount for the purchase of a group of ten or more subscriptions. This season the venue will be the Joe Henderson Lab, located at the SFJAZZ Center at 201 Franklin Street. Single tickets will be available for $50 starting on September 15.