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Call & Response 2011

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History: 12 Years of Inspiration

Composer Jeffery Cotton

Thursday, May 5, 2011
8:00 pm
Pre-concert talk with Jeffery Cotton at 7:15 pm
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave. at
McAllister St.San Francisco


About the 2011 Program

For Call & Response 2011, the Cypress String Quartet presents a program of exoticism-influenced music from the decades before and after the turn of the 20th century. Featured on the program along with music like Glazunov's Five Novelettes, Schulhoff's Five Pieces for String Quartet, Bloch's Landscapes and Debussy's String Quartet in G, Op.10, will be a newly commissioned work, titled Serenade (String Quartet No.2) from composer Jeffery Cotton. The Cypress Quartet previously commissioned and recorded Jeffery's String Quartet No.1 (2004), available to hear and purchase at

from Debussy String Quartetfrom Schulhoff Five Pieces

Jeffery Cotton was the first composer-in-residence of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble from 1992 through 1996, during which time he created Second Helpings, a “hosted” series of contemporary chamber music performances in the galleries of the Guggenheim Museum SoHo. The series, hailed by the New York Times as “something truly different”, con­tinues to this day. He was also composer-in-residence with the Boston-based Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra from 1999 through 2003. His first new work for Metamorphosen, Lyra, was praised by the Boston Globe as “a gentle, confessional hymn to music of great beauty.”

A native of Los Angeles, Cotton began his musical studies at California State Univer­sity at Northridge, where he studied clarinet with Charles Bay and composition with Frank Campo and Daniel Kessner. In 1983 Cotton received a Fulbright Scholarship to con­duct a two-year course of study with Hans Werner Henze at the Academy of Music in Cologne, Germany. During this time Cotton traveled extensively with Henze, attending among other events the Santa Fe Opera and the Edinburgh Festival, where Henze conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the premiere of Cotton’s Abendland. Returning to the United States in 1985, Cotton then studied with George Crumb, Jay Reise, Chinary Ung and Richard Wernick at the Univer­sity of Pennsylvania as an Annenberg Fellow, receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. in 1989.


Ticket Information

Call & Response 2011
May 5, 2011
8:00pm / 7:15 pre-concert Talk with Jeffery Cotton

Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Building
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco CA 94102

Ticket Information:
$35/$40 at the door, $20/students
$20 each for groups of 10 or more; Call (415) 585-9045 with questions.


Tickets: $35/$40 at door
$20 Students
Box Office: (415) 392-4400
(Call for group discounts)

For more information, please call (415) 585-9045 or email

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FREE Public Preview Event
Behind the Serenade
Saturday April 23, 11:00 am
Community Music Center
544 Capp St.San Francisco

Immerse yourself in the creative process at this free public event by the Community Music Center. The members of the quartet discuss works by the featured composers and introduce excerpts from Jeffery Cotton’s new composition, Serenade for String Quartet.


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