May 7, 2023, 7 p.m.
Zakarias Grafilo and Frederick Lifsitz, violin
David Samuel, viola; Sandy Wilson, cello
The Alexander String Quartet, celebrating their 40th anniversary, has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles, and a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving since 1989 as Ensemble in Residence of San Francisco Performances and Directors of The Morrison Chamber Music Center Instructional Program at San Francisco State University. They have established themselves as important advocates of new music commissioning dozens of works from composers including Jake Heggie, Cindy Cox, Augusta Read Thomas, Robert Greenberg, Cesar Cano, Tarik O’Regan, Paul Siskind, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Wayne Peterson. Samuel Carl Adams’ new “Quintet with Pillars” was premiered and has been widely performed across the U.S. by the Alexander with pianist Joyce Yang. Their distinguished discography of Mozart, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Dvořák and Mahler songs now includes a veritable Brahms compendium with a recording of the three string quartets, plus a newly re-recorded Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2, transcribed by Zakarias Grafilo.
Viola Quintet in B-flat Major, K. 174
with Paul Yarbrough
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10
String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major,
with Paul Yarbrough, viola and
Eric Gaenslen, cello