Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet with Andrew Duckles, viola

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 3:00 pm
Alexander String Quartet
SF State's resident string quartet continues to delight and inspire Bay Area audiences with superb performances of classical, romantic and modern repertoire. Canadian-born violist Andrew Duckles leads a diverse musical life as a recording artist, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. Pre-concert talk: 2pm. Master class: September 25, 2:10 - 4pm, Knuth Hall. Free.
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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Alexander String Quartet

Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich, the quartet has also established itself as an important advocate of new music through more than 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances. The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in San Francisco, serving as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at SF State and ensemble-in-residence of San Francisco Performances.

Andrew Duckles

Formerly principal viola of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, Duckles now makes his home in Southern California. Duckles began his orchestral career with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has made appearances as principal viola of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, and the New West Symphony. Duckles appears regularly as a guest artist on chamber music series throughout the United States and Europe and shares the stage frequently with the Alexander String Quartet.


  • Mozart (1756 – 1791): Viola Quintet in C major, K.515
  • Britten (1913 – 1976): String Quartet No. 2 in G major (1975)
  • Brahms (1833 – 1897): Viola Quintet in F major, Op. 88 (1882)