The Alexander String Quartet, whose members are celebrating their 36th year as an ensemble, will present a concert in the Neskowin Chamber Music series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 11 at Camp Winema.
This event replaces the Lark Quartet which was unable to attend.
In its 36 years, the Alexander has performed in the major music capitals of the world on five continents. It is widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich and its recordings of these works have been acclaimed by critics everywhere. It is also known for its advocacy of new music and has commissioned a number of works in that genre.
The quartet is a major presence in San Francisco, its home base. It serves as Ensemble in Residence for San Francisco performances and as director of the Morrison Music Center at San Francisco State University’s College of Liberal Arts.
The Alexander’s performance calendar includes appearances at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston and the Library of Congress and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, among other places. Among their many recordings are pieces by Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
The group's members are:
- Zakarias Grafilo, violinist 1, joined the ensemble in 2002 after a career as Second Principal Violinist of the Pacific Symphony and Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony. He holds a B.A. degree from San Francisco State University and is continuing his studies at UCLA.
- Frederick Lifsitz, violinist 2, studied violin in his native Boston and at Indiana University. Before joining the Alexander, he played several seasons with the Boston Symphony and taught chamber music at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
- Paul Yarbrough, violist, is a founding member of the Alexander. He has given a number of solo recitals and was Principal Violist of the Chamber Orchestra of New England. He and his colleagues received honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts from Allegany College and he received a Honorary Degree from St. Lawrence University. He is on the board of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.
- Sandy Wilson, cellist, is a native of Northumberland, England, He completed his graduate studies at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen. At 21, he was principal cellist in the Allegemeine Musikgesellschaft Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland. He moved to the U.S. in 1979 and completed a degree at Yale. He is a founding member of the Alexander. He is a board member of Chamber Music America and a member of the California Cello Club.
The Alexander String Quartet will hold an outreach session at Neskowin Valley School at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, February 12.
Camp Winema is located two miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101. Season tickets are $110. Individual tickets are $25.
For more information, call 503-965-6499, write Neskowin Chamber Music at P.O. Box 1044, Pacific City, Oregon 97135, or visit, www.neskowinchambermusic.org.