Chamber music from the 1800s offered Sunday |

Chamber music from the 1800s offered Sunday

Sunday you can pretend you are a guest at an estate in the 19th century, invited to listen to Beethoven, Hayden and Dvorak in the salon. Chamber music salons of this era evoke elegance, intimacy and nuance.

The Cypress String Quartet will play such music as it was played then, performing Haydn’s opus 33, No. ; Beethoven’s opus 59, No. ; and Dvorak’s opus 96, “American.” And while the setting is not a country estate, says Julie Taylor, executive director of Twin Cities Concert Association, “The acoustics of this church (Seventh Day Adventist in Grass Valley) are wonderful for chamber ensembles.”

Based in San Francisco, the 9-year-old Cypress String Quartet has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Ravinia Festival and Stanford Lively Arts; appeared regularly on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”; and was featured in Chamber Music Magazine as a “Generation X Ensemble to Watch.”

Cellist Cecily Ward began studying at age 4, has participated in the Norfolk, Banff and Taos Chamber Music festivals, and was an Aspen Festival Fellow.

At age 16, violinist Tom Stone played in an orchestra under the direction of Leonard Bernstein and has performed in master classes for Isaac Stern. A founding member of the quartet, he is also the artistic director of the Centrum Chamber Music Workshop and is on the board of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

Ethan Filner on viola, a native of the Bay Area, has studied and played in England. One of his most notable performances was with Sir Colin Davis at the 2000 BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall.

Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel is a graduate of The Juilliard School and winner of its top award, the “Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Music,” as well as being a Fulbright Grant to England. She has performed with pianist Andre Previn as one of his select “Rising Stars” in the early 1990s.

Folks who come to the preconcert forum can learn all about the viola that was made in 1947 by Vittorio Bellarosa in Naples, Italy, and the violin, made by Carlos Bergonzi in 1734.

What: Cypress String Quartet, presented by Twin Cities Concert Association

When: Sunday, 2 p.m., with preconcert forum at 1:15 p.m. led by Dr. Aileen James and a reception following the concert

Where: Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborn Hill Rd., Grass Valley

Admission: $14 adults, $12 seniors (60+), children 5-17 are free with adult supervision, $5 college students with ID (at door only). Tickets available in Grass Valley at Mailboxes+ (Raley’s Center) and Record Connection; also at the door.

Information: Call 470-9454 or visit

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