The following week, the students were invited to hear the complete performance of both Beethoven quartets, along with a new commission by composer Dan Coleman, at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, which was a very special evening. The Cypress Quartet plays with a level of musicality, communication and sensitivity which was inspirational to the students and all audience members from around the Bay Area. The new composition by Dan Coleman was interesting and a strong contrast with Beethoven. Before the concert, he talked about his composing process and led a question-and-answer session with audience members.
The project was bittersweet, however, as the quartet has decided, after twenty fulfilling years of playing, that this is their last year together. We are so lucky to have been involved with Call and Response for the past two years. It's been such an amazing opportunity for us and we wish Cecily, Tom, Ethan and Jennifer all good wishes for the future!