Cypress String Quartet at Berkeley Public Library

March 14, 2013

Contact: Debbie Carton 510-981-6139


The Berkeley Public Library welcomes the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet for a lecture/demonstration of their “Call and Response” program on Thursday, April 11 at 12:15 pm. "Call & Response" presents music as a dynamic and ongoing process of inspiration by bringing together masterworks from the past and a new work written by a living composer specifically for this project. In addition to playing, the Cypress String Quartet will discuss the relationship between music and poetry, and the creation of Call & Response 2013. Come hear portions of Dvorak's The Cypresses, Schubert's 13th "Rosamunde" Quartet, and music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Higdon's new piece, which will be performed on April 19th, is based on the poetry of former American Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin and carries the title, "In the Shadow of Sirius." The Cypress String Quartet will present the pieces in their entirety in a concert on April 19th, 2013 at 8 p.m. in Herbst Theatre. Known for its elegant performances, the Cypress String Quartet (Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin; Ethan Filner, viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello) has been praised by Gramophone for “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion”. Read more about them and the upcoming concert at The program takes place at the Central Berkeley Public Library, 5th Floor, 2090 Kittredge Street, which is wheelchair accessible. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library ( For more information, call 510-981-6139 or visit  

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