Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 3:00 pm
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San Francisco State's resident string quartet continues to delight and inspire Bay Area audiences with superb performances of classical, romantic and modern repertoire. Pre-concert talk: 2pm. Master class: September 14, 2:10pm, Knuth Hall. Free.
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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“As they did during the Haydn quartet that opened the concert, the players impressed with their sure ensemble, lyricism, accurate pitch, handsome sound and technical fluidity.” — Boston Globe

Alexander String Quartet

  • Zakarias Grafilo, violin
  • Frederick Lifsitz, violin
  • Paul Yarbrough, viola
  • Sandy Wilson, cello

Having celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2016, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich, the quartet’s recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice), Bartók, and Shostakovich cycles have won international critical acclaim. The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving since 1989 as ensemble in residence of San Francisco Performances and of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at SF State.


  • W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791): String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat Major, K. 428
  • Krzysztof Penderecki (1933 – ): String Quartet No. 3 Leaves of an Unwritten Diary (2008)
  • Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847): Octet, Op. 20 (with the Telegraph Quartet)